Destiny of Velious Webcast – Friday January 28 @ 4PM PST

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News

From EverQuest2.com:

Join members of the EQII Development Team as we talk about Destiny of Velious in a series of Live Webcasts! Learn more about the upcoming features and get the scoop straight from the people who work on EQII every day.

  • Friday, January 28 at 4:00 pm PST [29 Jan at Midnight GMT]: Join Dave “Smokejumper” Georgeson and Salim “Silius” Grant as they talk about Destiny of Velious zones, raids and more. They will be answering some questions from players as well, so submit your questions right here in this thread.
  • Friday, February 4 at 4:00 pm PST [5 Feb at Midnight GMT]: Topic TBA
  • Friday, February 11 at 4:00 pm PST [12 Feb at Midnight GMT]: Topic TBA
  • Friday, February 18 at 4:00 pm PST [19 Feb at Midnight GMT]: Topic TBA

Upcoming topics will be announced soon. Tune in on Facebook or on Stickam to watch the first webcast this Friday!

What to Expect (Commentary)

We have been present during past webcasts of this nature, and we can recall numerous delays, glitches, and technical faults. If you are expecting a smooth, well-rehearsed presentation, you may be disappointed. Of course we may be pleasantly surprised, but how many times can Lucy fool us with the football trick? Either way, we’ll be recording and reviewing these broadcasts for any interesting details.

EQ2 Mobile Popularity Pushes Server to Limit

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2 Data & EQ2U

Yesterday’s launch of the EQ2 Mobile service for Android, Blackberry, and iPhone platforms pushed the EQ2Mobile data server to the limit. Users received several different errors including “Unexpected token stream” which indicated that the mobile data server was down. One issue noticed immediately by players is that old, deleted characters still appear in the character list. Some players are reporting 40-60 characters in their list including ones which have long since been deleted.

EQ2Mobile leverages the new Data Feeds service which will eventually replace the outdated platform running EQ2Players.

EverQuest 2 Mobile for iPhone, Droid, Blackberry Now Available

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From EverQuest2.com/Mobile:

EQII Mobile is a new cross-platform mobile application that bridges the game world and the real world. EQII Mobile allows you to connect to EverQuest® II remotely and interact with various game features while communicating with other players in-game. Whether on the road or in your on home, EQII Mobile links you to information and social tools that keep you connected.

Available for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry devices on or around January XX, 2011. Direct purchase links to web stores will be added in the order of when the multiple device applications are released (each device has different release schedule).

EverQuest 2 Mobile Appears on iTunes App Store

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From Apple’s iTunes website:

EverQuest II, the subscription and free-to-play MMORPG, brings to you EQII Mobile for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. EQII Mobile allows you to connect to EverQuest® II remotely and interact with various game features while communicating with other players in-game.  Whether on the road or in your own home, EQII Mobile links you to information and social tools that keep you connected. EQII Mobile is a must-have tool on your quest to conquer Norrath.

Multiple Houses (Shared), Other Prestige Homes Announced

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, Game Updates & Maintenance

Today’s surprising announcement (in light of comments last week about the unliklihood of characters being able to own more than one home in the forseeable future) is that in a future update, players will be able to own multiple houses. The announcement also confirms the names of some of the upcoming Prestige housing which we first picked out of vpk updates, namely the Dojo and Opera House. Along with the Skyblade Skiff,  Freeblood Manor, and the Everfrost Summer Home (Miragul’s Managerie) this will bring the Prestige housing options up to 5.

Destiny of Velious Retail Items

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, Expansion News

From EverQuest2.com:

The following items are included in the Retail Version of Destiny of Velious. There are no Pre-Order exclusives for our Retail Version and this is the only version available as a printed box copy, so no matter when you purchase this version, whether you reserve a copy today or purchase it after launch, these items will always be available to those with the Retail copy.

Standard of the Dain (Retail Exclusive cloak)

Why Velious is so Important @ Massively

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News

Karen Bryan writing for the Tattered Notebook at Massively has turned in her followup article on Velious, this time delving into the institutional memory of what the Scars of Velious expansion meant for players of the original EverQuest, and how we really need for history to repeat itself.

Scars of Velious was a big expansion for EverQuest – literally. Overland zones like Western Wastes and the Great Divide were so large that it was easy to get lost. Dungeons like Temple of Veeshan and Kael Drakkel were the size of small cities and could house multiple raids each night. And everything you fought was enormous, from the Velium spiders of Velketor’s Lab, to the Giants of Kael Drakkel, to the Dragons that seemed to be everywhere. But this expansion was about more than Dragons and snow.

The 10th Ring War. It was big. It was open. It was dynamic content before the phrase was even coined. Dozens, sometimes hundreds of players would take part in driving back waves of giants as they sprinted towards Thurgadin, and everyone who passed through could see and take part in the action. It provided so many opportunities for individuals to be the hero, and we relished the chance to share our tales of heroism afterwards. There are several reasons players loved Velious, but the 10th Ring War is probably at the top of the list.

Continue reading The Tattered Notebook: Why Velious is so Important at Massively.

Velious Digital Download & Collector’s Edition Items Revealed

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Screen shots have now been made available on EverQuest2.com revealing the Destiny of Velious Digital Download and Digital Collector’s Edition special items. While the headline of the linked article suggests that one must Pre-Order to receive any of these rewards, I suggest reading the last 2 paragraphs of the article which clear everything up:

The Digitial Collector’s Edition is a Station Exclusive and is specially priced at $59.99 for pre-order only. This version includes the base game, all seven expansions, three adventure packs, a Loyal Snow Hound, four different Velious Portal Paintings, Tserrina’s Wedding Present (house item), Cryomantic Armor Crate, an Everfrost Summer Home, and a Stormfeather’s Brood Guardian mount appearance. Items are awarded one per character. New accounts will also receive a free 30-day subscription.

Please note that after the pre-order period ends, the price of the Digital Collector’s Edition will increase to $89.99 and the Loyal Snow Hound will no longer be available.

Screen shots and more details after the jump…

Chat Downtime for Valor, Storms, Splitpaw and Harla Dar – January 25

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Due to the EQII Russian server merge (The Nexus and Barren Sky) on January 25, 2011, chat services will be unavailable for Valor (DE), Storms (FR), Splitpaw (UK) and Harla Dar (RU) for at least 12 hours.

We expect chat to be affected from 3:30 PM PDT on 01/25/11 until 4:30 AM PDT on 01/26/11 (26/01/11 00:30 –  26/01/11 13:30 C.E.T ~ 01/25/11 11:30 PM – 01/26/11 12:30 PM London time).

This announcement did not mention Runnyeye or Innovation, but we’re assuming they will be affected as well. Update: Runnyeye and Innovation are not affected because they are not located in the US.

EQ2Wire’s Frequently Asked Questions ’bout Velious

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, Expansion News

There has been precious little information posted about the upcoming EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious expansion. Most of the facts and figures we have about it date back to Fan Faire of August 2010. In spite of some major leaks by SOE, we are going to stay on this side of the NDA and stick to answering what we can based on facts in evidence and a little bit of deductive reasoning.

Please note this article has been written without conference or verification by SOE and may contain errors.

After the jump, our preliminary Frequently Asked Questions about Destiny of Velious

Destiny of Velious Screen Shots, Pre-Order Video Released

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News

SOE have delivered some more screen shots of the upcoming EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious expansion which we present below.

In addition, SOE have posted a new Destiny of Velious Pre-Order video.

January Velious Rewards Trickle Out to Players

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We are getting word that some players have now received their Ice Wolf Pup pet and 2 hour XP potions for their January Velious Reward. Remember, if you have an active sub on December 14, January 17, and February 22, then when you purchase Destiny of Velious (up until December 31, 2011) you will receive the February rewards, including an Ice Wolf Mount.

Destiny of Velious Screenshots?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News

Today’s announcement of the EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious digital pre-order and retail strategies includes 8 screen shots. It’s worth pointing out that these screen shots DO NOT reflect the quality of graphics being seen in Beta. The posted screen shots appear to have been taken at the lowest possible graphics settings, with textures turned down, Shaders 3 disabled, and resemble EQ1 graphics. We look forward to the lifting of the NDA so we can post some higher resolution screen shots that exhibit the exceptional quality of the art assets in Velious.

Destiny of Velious – Pre-Order Items Revealed

Written by Starseeker on . Posted in Expansion News

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In a recent mailer the pre-order items were revealed for the up coming Destiny of Velious expansion.  The pricing costs for the digital versions were also released here.

Digital Collectors Edition

DOV
Station Exclusive – Available until 2/21/11 for only $59.99*
Includes:

  • Loyal Snow Hound -
    Siberian Husky Puppy
  • Four Different Velious Portal Paintings -
    Paintings with teleportation powers
  • Tserrina’s Wedding Present -
    Tower of Frozen Shadows house item with special ability
  • Cryomantic Armor Crate -
    Magical ice appearance armor
  • Everfrost Summer Home -
    Menagerie Prestige Home
  • Stormfeather Brood Guardian -
    Alternate griffon mount appearance
  • Free 30-day subscription for new accounts

*On February 22, 2011 the Digital Collector’s Edition price will increase to $89.99.

Items one per account. Non-tradeable and no cash value.

Standard Digital Version

Available for $39.99

  • Loyal Snow Hound – Digital Pre-Order Exclusive
  • Four Different Velious Portal Paintings
  • Free 30-day subscription for new accounts

Items one per account. Non-tradable and no cash value.

Retail Version

Available on February 22, 2011

  • Standard of the Dain – Animated glowing hammer cloak – Retail Exclusive!
  • Four Different Velious Portal Paintings – Paintings with teleportation powers
  • Free 30-day subscription for new accounts

Available at – GameStop and Amazon

Items one per account. Non-tradable and no cash value.

How Not to Sell an Expansion @ Massively

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News

Karen Bryan over at Massively has turned in another great expose on the deafening silence on the upcoming release of EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious. While expectations are ridiculously high and fed primarily by nostalgia, you would think there would be SOME more information about the game at this point. Remember, last year at this time, we’d learned some things about the expansion, started to receive zone and lore previews, etc. We know hardly anything about the Destiny of Velious expansion which was not released at August’s Fan Faire.

One month.

That’s all that’s left before EverQuest II’s new expansion, Destiny of Velious, goes live. I’ve been looking forward to this expansion since 2009, when rumors first emerged that there was some work on Velious content quietly going on. It’s my favorite content from EverQuest, and it really marked a Golden Age for those who look back fondly at the game.

But with one month left, I’m left feeling frustrated and concerned. There’s just too much silence about the expansion and too many questions left unanswered. Read on to see why the blank slate of Destiny of Velious is a troublesome sign for players.

Continue Reading The Tattered Notebook: How Not to Sell an Expansion at Massively.

Destiny of Velious Gets Pre-Order Date, No Other Details

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From EverQuest2.com:

EverQuest II – Destiny of Velious will be available for pre-order beginning on Tuesday, January 18, 2011! This exciting new expansion to the world of Norrath will be released on February 22, 2011.

We’ll have more information about the pre-order options on Tuesday, so be sure to check EverQuest2.com for all the details. For more information on Destiny of Velious, please see Announcing EverQuest II – Destiny of Velious.

Keep watching EverQuest2.com for more official information about Destiny of Velious, and don’t miss the new DoV note from Dave “Smokejumper” Georgeson, EverQuest II Producer, over on the forums. Click the “Join the Discussion” link for your version of EverQuest II below to read the note and chime in the conversation.

There is no word on whether Destiny of Velious will have a Retail box or be Digital Download only, if the Retail box will contain any special items, and whether last year’s frustrating staggered start date plan will be repeated.

Destiny of Velious Pushed to February 22nd

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From SmokeJumper on the EQ2 Forums:

As you know, we’ve been working hard on the “Destiny of Velious” expansion pack. It was originally scheduled for release on Feb 8th, but after getting feedback from players, spending time playing the game internally, and discussing ways to make things better, we’ve decided to move the release date back to Feb 22nd instead.

Feb 22nd gives us another couple of weeks for polish, tuning, and a honing of the fun factor for the expansion. We think the wait will be well worthwhile.

Check EverQuest2.com for the announcement on pre-order dates! And also stay tuned for an announcement about a raft of cool events coming out in the week after DoV becomes available!

On a side note, we’ll be adding another batch of players into the Closed Beta on Jan 24th, so if you put in an application and haven’t been accepted yet, don’t give up yet. Your time may be coming!

Ten Hour Downtime Starting at 12am PST 1-11-11?

Written by Dethdlr on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

Ashlanne has posted this over on Station.com:

Beginning at 12am PST on Tuesday, January 11th, ALL SOE games, subscription and commerce services will be unavailable for maintenance. We expect this maintenance to take approximately ten hours.

This might cause some forum accounts to temporarily lose permissions, due to the inability to verify account status while the maintenance is taking place. This is only temporary and normal permissions will return automatically once the maintenance is complete.

We apologize for this interruption and will resume the affected services as soon as the maintenance is completed.

I suspect this has something to do with DC Universe Online which launches worldwide on 1-11-11 but that’s just a guess on my part.

Update:  News of this downtime has now been posted on Everquest2.com with conflicting estimates of how long things will be down:

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