This month will see the introduction of the Sleeper’s Tomb group and x4 raid zones. So when can players test these zones? Oh, really any time.
Some astute players noticed late last week that the EQ2 Beta server was accessible from the Launchpad. We received confirmation last week that the Test Copy server was morphing into the Beta server. That’s great, but there was no clarification or announcement of whether anything was ready to be tested. Until today…
Currently the beta server has the next update on it (Prelude). It has been getting some focused testing in preparation for going live. If you would like to check it out feel free to log in over there copy a character over and check it out. You can find the entrance in the Pit of Awakened in Eastern Wastes. As far as expansion content that content has not been added to the beta server as of yet.
How Do I Get to Beta?
At least for now, there does not seem to be a separate Beta launcher. Start your EverQuest II launcher as you normally would, then click on “Version” in the upper left corner of the Launchpad window. In the Select Game Version tab that appears, select “Beta” from the list and click the Apply button. The Launchpad will now start downloading the ~14GB of data for a full install of EQ2.
After a couple of minutes, you’ll want to click “Open Game Directory” in the launcher, and then exit out of the program. Now you should be inside your main EverQuest II install folder. Select the “paks” and “music” folders. Then press Ctrl-C to copy. Open the newly created “BetaServer” folder inside your EQ2 install folder and press Ctrl-V to Paste. Once this copy is complete, you should be able to restart the EQ2 Launchpad and only need to download about 20-30 minutes of data before you are able to login to the Beta.
NOTE: If EQ2 Beta crashes immediately after launching, go to your main EQ2 directory and copy the D3DCompiler_43.dll and D3DX9_43.dll files to your BetaServer folder.
What about Beta Copies?
We confirmed that Beta copies were working shortly after we saw this note from Bunji:
The /beta command should be working now (which queues up your character to be copied). I believe the copy script for it is running about once every hour.
Where is the Sleeper’s Tomb?
The Sleeper’s Tomb portal stands on the edge of the Pit of Awakened which can be found in roughly the center of the Eastern Wastes. The quickest way to travel there is to take any Wizard Spire to Eastern Wastes. You can then fly southwest or travel on foot to the Pit of Awakened and speak to the Chronomancer there.
The portal offers two choices — Group and Raid.
Where are the Beta Signups? What About NDA?
There is no Beta signup, at least at this point. It seems everyone can see the Beta server on their Launcher whether they have signed past NDAs and been accepted to previous Betas or not.
Again, let’s not shoot the messengers here. Gninja and Bunji are content creators. They are just trying to be helpful. It is up to the Community Manager to be aware of what content is in the pipeline, what state of testing it is currently in, and to manage the expectations of players. And it is up to the Producer(s) to communicate to the players where we are in the lifecycle of different content and how we can get involved. The moment Sleeper’s Tomb was available for testing, there should have been an announcement.
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