Last night, the Destiny of Velious beta forums were taken offline and then restarted from scratch under the EQ2X Forums. It has been indicated that this change was to allow EQ2X players to contribute their feedback and reports in the Beta forums. However this means all discussions and threads about the Beta will need to be restarted, as the current Forum software lacks the ability to move threads from one game to another. Users who have signed the NDA and wish to participate in the Destiny of Velious beta forums must now first navigate to the EQ2X forums and, if necessary, re-register their account to access them.
The situation is summed up on the EQ2 Forums by Zalakria of Guk:
I'm very disappointed, not only did they not post an announcement anywhere, they didnt even transfer the active topics to the new board. I should not be forced to go to the forums of a game I will never play to submit feedback for a game that is supposed to be completely seperate from the other.
This change ruined beta for me. Why they didnt just give EQ2X their own beta forum is beyond me, but I'm sure it's due to laziness and not wanting to have to read more feedback threads.
To quote SmokeJumper:
EverQuest II Extended (EQ2e) is a new service with its own servers, its own forums and its own communities, completely separate from EverQuest II (EQ2) which will remain pay-to-play.
During the transition to EQ2X, it appears that the Beta forums were temporarily open to the public, and further that some of the developer posts in the Beta forums appeared in the public Developer Tracker. Some things we've been able to glean from this:
- Public Quests
- There will be a x2 raid zone with a Normal mode (but not a Hard mode)
- Overland Mobs are being tuned to 'present a challenge' (note the thread title is 'Mobs hit like a ton of bricks')
- Some of the raid zones will require completing heroic zones to unlock them.
- Mounts will now pitch (tilt back and forth) to match the terrain.
Nothing really earth-shattering in there of course, but it's news.