SOE Responds to International Pricing Differences

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News, International

The American prices for the Destiny of Velious digital downloads are well known — the regular edition is $39.99, while the collector’s edition runs $59.99. We are very happy to see that the days of preferential treatment for the Retail version are over. Last year’s 7 day retail headstart and the confusion leading up to the launch for European customers was the source of much frustration, so we are quite satisfied with this year’s simplified options. So then all is wine and roses, right?

Well, it may surprise American players to learn that customers in some other countries are seeing prices up to 33% higher for the collector’s edition than US customers are seeing. Here is the current pricing for the digital collector’s edition outside of the US:

  • UK current price is £49.99. That’s $79.96 USD, a 33.3% markup.
  • Europe current price is €54,99. That’s $74.90 USD, a 24.9% markup.
  • Australia current price is $74.95 AUS. That’s $74.18 USD, a 23.7% markup.

Destiny of Velious Closed Beta Adds More Testers

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From EverQuest2.com:

On February 7, 2011, all players who met Beta eligibility qualifications will be accepted into the Destiny of Velious Closed Beta. The flagging process should be completed around midnight (12:00 am PST on February 8th).

If you registered for the Destiny of Velious Beta and accepted the NDA prior to February 7, 2011, as well as met all of the Beta eligibility qualifications, you will be added to the Destiny of Velious Closed Beta, which begins February 7 and runs through 11:59 pm PST on February 14, 2011.

Please remember that the NDA is still in effect throughout the duration of the Closed Beta, and all experiences in the Beta are to be kept private until the NDA is lifted.

We hope you enjoy Destiny of Velious, and we look forward to reading your feedback on the private Destiny of Velious Beta Forums.

On February 7, 2011, all players who met Beta eligibility qualifications will be accepted into the Destiny of Velious Closed Beta. The flagging process should be completed around midnight (12:00 am PST on February 8th).

If you registered for the Destiny of Velious Beta and accepted the NDA prior to February 7, 2011, as well as met all of the Beta eligibility qualifications, you will be added to the Destiny of Velious Closed Beta, which begins February 7 and runs through 11:59 pm PST on February 14, 2011.

Please remember that the NDA is still in effect throughout the duration of the Closed Beta, and all experiences in the Beta are to be kept private until the NDA is lifted.

We hope you enjoy Destiny of Velious, and we look forward to reading your feedback on the private Destiny of Velious Beta Forums.

Download Destiny of Velious Feb 4th Webcast #2 Audio

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(left to right) Greg Agius [EQ2 Brand Manager] interviews DaveSmokeJumperGeorgeson [EQ2 Senior Producer] and GregRothgarSpence [EQ2 Lead Programmer], about the upcoming Destiny of Velious expansion including reader questions.

Download Destiny of Velious Webcast #2 MP3 for February 4, 2011.

EverQuest II, Destiny of Velious, and the contents of this webcast are copyright Sony Online Entertainment.

LIVEBLOG: Webcast #2 Flying Mounts, Calendar, etc.

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This was a LIVEBLOG of the Destiny of Velious Webcast #2 (February 4th).

Chat today was originally going to be Itemization. Instead, it was about Flying Mounts.

  • Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson, Senior Producer EverQuest II
  • Greg “Rothgar” Spence, Lead Programmer EverQuest II
  • Moderator: Greg Aguis, Brand Manager (Marketing) for EverQuest II

Runnyeye to Splitpaw Server Merge Status Updates

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From Rothgar on the EQ2 Forums:

Things are going very well and considering the extra time we expected from moving the data a long distance, we’re actually running ahead of schedule. Our QA department is checking things out now and if we don’t find any issues we hope to have the server up early.

Thanks for your patience during this downtime!

and later:

Update:

We are still having some issues with the chat portion of the merge, its just taking a little longer than expected to move friends lists, mail, etc.

Everything else looks good so as soon as I have more info, we will let you know.

Update Notes: Thursday, Feb 3rd, 2011

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

With 6 and 7 room houses now outstripping the storage capacity of even medium-sized Guild Halls, some players figured out that the StationCash Marketplace Item Expanders could be placed in guild halls.

Today’s hotfix changes that:

  • Fixed a bug where players could use marketplace item expanders on guild halls.
  • Players who have done that will have the item expander applied to their personal house when they next zone into their personal house and the item expander will be removed from the guild hall.
  • If this puts a guild hall over its item limit it will still have the items but you will not be able to add more items until the item count is reduced.
  • The character house item bonus from the marketplace expander now properly applies to your home and shows in the total number of bonus items in the UI.

Runnyeye -> Splitpaw Merge Nailed Down; to Take 27 Hours

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Instead of two downtimes, the Runnyeye -> Splitpaw merger will happen in one fell swoop.

From the EQ2 Forums:

The Runnyeye and Splitpaw servers will begin merging on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

Runnyeye will be taken offline for the last time at 2pm PST (10pm GMT) on Thursday, February 3.

Splitpaw will be taken offline at 9pm PST on February 3 (5am GMT on February 4).

Splitpaw will then undergo the regular weekly hotfix before merging. Once the hotfix has completed, the server will stay offline for another estimated 27 hours while the merge takes place.

The merged Splitpaw will be offline for an estimated 27 hours and is scheduled to come back online as soon as the merge has completed. We estimate an uptime of around 8 am GMT on February 5.

Erolissi Day ~ Feb 9th to Feb 20th ~

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From Kaitheel on the EQ2 Forums:

Barring any unforeseen issues arising, the current plan is:

  • Erollisi Day will be activated on all servers (international and & test included) Wednesday Feb 9th.
  • Erollisi Day will be deactivated at the end of day on Sunday Feb 20th for most servers.
  • For servers that are affected by merges during the event’s time period, we will extend Erollisi Day to the end of day on Monday Feb 21st.

Also, if you have a bunch of tokens from other seasonal events taking up valuable bag space:

There is going to be an NPC that exchanges any of the different love loot (notes or candy) for a single type. It’ll function exactly like the [Nights of the Dead] candy trader did. That should help with the inventory!

Would a GearScore Stat Affect How You Play?

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary, Expansion News, Itemization

The Itemization Battle

When examining any piece of equipment, players must evaluate whether that item is an upgrade for their class based not only on their existing stats, but also whether the stats and effects on that item are of benefit to their class. The character’s spells, combat arts, AA setup, and existing gear must all be considered. Choosing item upgrades has never been an exact science.

At one time, all 5 main stats including Intelligence, Wisdom, Stamina, Agility, and Strength had a part to play in the effectiveness of an item for every class, not just hybrid classes. This is not to mention +Health, +Power, Offensive and Defensive Skills, and the various Resists. The last 3 expansions have added or greatly expanded upon effects such as Crit Chance, Multi Attack (formerly Double Attack), Crit Bonus, Potency, AOE Autoattack, Flurry, Strikethrough, etc.

Destiny of Velious Webcast #1 Video Online & Call for Questions

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The video of the Destiny of Velious webcast #1 which took place on January 29th has now been posted.

From EverQuest2.com:

Upcoming Dev Chat Webcasts:

This Friday, February 4th, members of the EQII Development Team will join us again to talk about itemization in Destiny of Velious. This is the second in our series of four Live Webcasts leading up to the Destiny of Velious launch! Be sure to tune in to learn more about the upcoming features and get the scoop straight from the people who work on EQII every day.

  • Friday, February 4 at 4:00 pm PST: Join Dave “Smokejumper” Georgeson and Rich “Waters” Waters as they talk about itemization in Destiny of Velious. They will again be answering questions from our players, so submit your questions through the forum links below.
  • Friday, February 11 at 4:00 pm PST: Topic TBA
  • Friday, February 18 at 4:00 pm PST: Topic TBA

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

Submit your Questions on the EQ2 Forums

Runnyeye to Splitpaw Merge February 3, Splitpaw Downtime February 2

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The Runnyeye to Splitpaw European server merge has been announced. This server merge was initially delayed because of the necessity of a database upgrade to support the merged server. All told, Splitpaw will be down for virtually all of February 2 and 3. For some folks, February will only have 26 days this month. Details after the jump.

Kelethin City Festival Feb 1-7

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, Live Events

We haven’t posted about City Festivals in a while so thought we’d repost this one.

If you have completed city tasks such as tradeskill writs and adventure writs, you’ll notice you have received City Tokens. These tokens can be used to buy items from the travelling merchants of the City Festival. Each month, a few unique items are available only to each city (including themed tiles, dividers, and columns), as well as a selection of items which are always available. This month, the festival is parked at the gates of the City of Kelethin in Greater Faydark.

Notes from Destiny of Velious Jan 29 Webcast #1

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We’ve just finished watching a live Webcast of Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson and Salim “Silius” talking about the upcoming Destiny of Velious expansion, including player-submitted questions. What follows is a rough transcript. We recommend listening to the recording to get a complete picture of what was said.

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

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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.

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