How many times have you or someone you know looked around at the graphics on EQ2 and thought "I really wish that looked just a little better"? We play the game to not only enjoy the content, but also the visual aspects of the EverQuest2 world. A lot of people have to keep their graphics settings low in order not to get lag, and thus miss out on all the beauty and detail that the devs put into the game. And when you consider the graphics that so many newer games have, it's sometimes puzzling as to why EQ2 can't have something similar.
And so the daunting question for so many players has been "Do I buy a new computer or do I put up with the lag and low frame rate of the one I already have?". Which, for many, isn't really all that daunting as they can't afford to continuously upgrade their computers. So what other options to people have? Will the devs be doing anything to help the situation?
From Holly "Windstalker" Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:
We are always concerned about performance and will be looking at optimizations and improvements on an ongoing basis. I'm not sure who said we were updating the "game engine," because we're not doing that specifically.
What we are doing is working on terrain and art tools that will help us build environments that look and perform a lot better than they do now. It's not a trivial task and we've been working on it for some time, but artists are already doing testing and working with it. It's pretty amazing to see how quickly they can create things like mountain vistas compared to the tools they have now. We're excited about it.
To be honest, we will never stop looking at ways to improve how the game performs while maintaining and improving the quality for players.
This issue is being discussed on the EQ2 Forums.
It would be nice if EQ2 could be cured of its single-core one-track mind. Then we could see the game how it was originally intended. But until that happens it seems that, although the devs will be working to improve some graphics and lag issues on the game, we are all still left with that neverending dilemma....
To buy a new computer or not to buy....