RadarX: Current Time-Locked Expansion and Race-to-Trakanon Itemization Won’t Be Fixed

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, TLE/Prestige Servers

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Players on the subscription-required Race to Trakanon and Stormhold (Time Locked Expansion) servers have been requesting changes to itemization which would bring Heroic and Raid gear (specifically the iconic Mythical weapons that conclude the Kunark storyline) above the level of Solo and Crafted gear. We got an answer of sorts on that question today from RadarX on the EQ2 Forums:

You are taking a few liberties with this statement but to reiterate Kanders post and to ensure there aren’t concerns this hasn’t at least been communicated, there are no plans to do further itemization on current content. As with each expansion the team will work on what they feel is the most important and impacting gear but a complete overhaul is unfeasible.

While we can appreciate the concern and passion, but our next itemization focus will be on the next expansion.

Acquiring Mythical weapons and the defeat of Trakanon on the Race to Trakanon server seems designed to dovetail into this EverQuest II’s thirteenth expansion – Kunark Ascending — expected this November — which is rumored to include an Epic Weapon 2.0 questline.

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Comments (11)

  • Lonsen

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    “We know it’s broke, but have no intention of fixing it. We’ve got your money, now it’s too late, suckers!”

    Simply fantastic response right there.

    Every xpac release this happens. Maybe they should only release content when it’s ready to ship out the door and not necessarily when the player base wants it. I’m willing to bet players wouldn’t have voted for RoK (even though almost everyone loves it) if they knew itemization was going to be completely borked.

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Fool me over and over, I must play EQ2.

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  • Moose

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    Pretty much accurate Lonsen.

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  • Noctew

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    Kander explained it: due to the decisions of previous designers, solo attainable gear in older expansions has reached power levels so huge they can no longer change fabled/mythical gear to be appropriately more powerful without messing up itemization of later expansions even more.

    What do you expect them to do, do a full rebalancing pass for RoK, TSO and beyond less then one month before the next expansion beta launches? There is only so much they can do with the manpower they have. I also play on the progression server sometimes, but sacrificing new expansion content to keep polishing RoK could be disasterous. People are alredy complaining that expansions are becoming smaller and smaller.

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    • Feldon

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      I expect them to at LEAST bring these items up to the level of solo and heroic gear in Kunark:

      1. Mythical weapons
      2. Item patterns in Veeshan’s Peak
      3. Named drops in Veeshan’s Peak

      Otherwise it is literally a joke to run VP right now. Nobody is asking for 15,000 items to be rebalanced. We’re asking for the 250 most important items in the expansion to not be a hilariously bad downgrade over heroic gear.

      What astonishes me is that anyone thinks this was in any way unforeseeable. If only the EQ2 team had known that Kunark would have some importance in the 4th quarter of 2016. But I guess there were no signs pointing to that. It’s not like they knew that:

      1. Kunark would unlock on TLE this year
      2. a Kunark-themed “race” server would launch this year
      3. an expansion SET IN Kunark tied to epic weapons would launch this year

      Tis a mystery.

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      • Noctew

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        Hm, I didn’t check all mythicals and no armor pieces, but from a quick glance at a mythical (Dragon’s Temper) and some legendary one handed weapons, I’d say the mythical is much better.

        That said if there are really cases where mythicals or RoK subclass armor pieces are worse than dungeonloot, I do agree that at least these items need to be fixed. Those items used to be something you were proud to finally get.

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      • Quelaag

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        I don’t understand how mythicals are bad? I got mine on my 95 a little bit ago and it was leagues better than any of the heroic weapons I got while doing my epic quest. Maybe I just came across bad heroic weapons though I dunno.

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    • Finora

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      This is pretty absurd.

      Right up until they started fiddling with the stats on all the gear for expansions opening on TLE, the gear progressed pretty decently until you got above 90 then it went all stupid with stats. Prior to that it wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t downright broken.

      They can not blame the stat changes they made for every single TLE expansion release on previous developers/producers’ choices.

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  • xpsync

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    You guys wanted to know what it was like to play back in the day, the way it was, the real deal, this response seems pretty much on par from my recollection. Welcome to nostalgia.

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  • Ardur

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    hey guys, we like selling you big things and under delivering. Thanks for always believing us. Heres your check.

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  • GriffonLady

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    To be fair, Race to Trakanon server will get wiped in a fairly short amount of time any way to make room for the next event.
    Stormhold though.. that one is pretty permanent, I thought. Odd that they won’t fix stuff for there. o.0 I guess since it’s a matter of months before the next expansion gets voted for and the current issues will get left behind for the majority of the population, it would be a waste of the limited time and people DBG has compared to the old days.
    /..\ It would be nice if DBG cared a bit about their reputation amongst gamers though. >.> Sure most of us are whiny entitled brats, but we’re whiny entitled brats that pay money to the company that gives them paychecks. =P Kinda codependant. Our money, their fantasy online world we get to play in/ignore reality from inside of.

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  • Tom

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    Maybe I imagined it, but I thought when they announced TLE they said it was “as is” and stuff wouldn’t get tweaked. The TLE community have done nothing but whine, and as a result precious Dev time has been removed from the live servers, and it shows.

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