Tonight’s EverQuest II keynote here at SOE Live included the revelation that Heroic Characters are coming to EQ2. I’m not against this idea, as the writing has been on the wall for insta-level 90 or 85 to come to EQ2 sooner or later. Due to multiple gear revamps plus Mercs, I feel that EverQuest II is a solo tutorial from level 1-89, and then the ‘real’ game starts at level 90.
However the unsettling part of this announcement was that people would be able to create their FIRST character as a level 85 with full Legendary gear, spells, a chunk of AAs, and have those AAs automatically spent for them with Character Advancement Templates.
Dellmon and Aliscious have talked about insta-level characters on their EQ2Talk podcast, and there have always been some parameters placed on the idea: First, only your SECOND character could be insta-85. You’d have to naturally level at least one character first, to learn the game, join the community, etc. Second, it would be a pay item to keep it an optional convenience thing, rather than expected/typical behavior.
By making it so anyone can create an insta-85 as their FIRST character, I have serious trepidation that we’ll see people who are new to EverQuest II (or returning after years away) go for that option, try it, get sucked into a Skyshrine or other group without the foggiest idea what’s going on, and be completely unable to play their character, get bounced from the group, and leave hard feelings all around.
I started playing EQ2 in late 2007, so please believe that this is not Nostalgia talking. I think this is a sensible idea that reflects the reality of the game, but which has been turned into some kind of Winback program without all the ramifications being completely thought through. Hopefully there is still time for us to feedback this and get some changes made. I’ve been talking to some EQ2 devs and I am really pumped about tomorrow’s EQ2 panels (esp Itemization — DON’T MISS our Liveblog!). This one just threw me for a loop.
Trackback from your site.