What’s Up for EQII?
We have a lot in store for our intrepid Everquest II players. We’re excited to be discussing the launch of two new Time-Locked Expansion Servers for PvE and PvP sometime this year.
Along with that, the team is moving forward with a strategy of treating our players as real gamers who don’t need to be handheld for everything they do. What this means is we feel we need to trust our players to learn and achieve things without us having to give you all the information ahead of time. There’s a big difference between “head southwest and uncover the mystery of the green fog” and “go find the green fog that I put on your map for you.” Our players are smart and we want EQII to be a thinker’s and strategist’s game.
Today we release a new Rumrunner home with a décor set for our decorators, a store version of the Zeppelin mount for anyone that likes to float about in style, and new Summer Ethereal items will start dropping in Altar of Malice heroic zones (including Rum Cellar) for our adventurers.
We’re also currently testing Character Restore and Item Restore functionality on Beta which we hope to release soon.
On Tuesday, June 23, we will release Echoes of Faydwer Fabled Dungeons with all new updated loot and fun for level 100. There are 3 heroic dungeons, 3 advanced solos and 1 raid with a challenge version. Here’s the zone list:
· The Fabled Acadechism [Heroic & Advanced Solo]
· The Fabled Court of Innovation [Heroic & Advanced Solo]
· The Fabled Crypt of Valdoon [Heroic & Advanced Solo]
· The Fabled Freethinker Hideout [Raid & Challenge Raid]
Then, in early July, we’ll introduce the ability to quest and worship Erollisi as a god for new miracles and blessings.
We can’t forget Tinkerfest! It will launch on July 17 with new content!
And later in the summer, we’ll see more Ethereal weapon drops.
For those who are curious, we’re doing a fair amount of technical and backend work to help our performance and to move toward cross-server functionality. We also want to address server population issues. We’re focusing on the first part of this work which is adjusting our architecture.
We also have been continuing to work on the content for our release later this year. Toward the end of summer as we head into the Campaign release timeframe later this year, we’ll be releasing some prequel events and designers will be sharing details about upcoming features with you. Today in our Twitch stream, designers previewed an upcoming feature that allows you to increase stats on new equipment. We also have a new item type in the works for this year’s campaign referred to as Relics which are extremely powerful items where only one can be equipped at a time, per character. Kander, Caith, and Kaitheel (yikes!) discussed these features in our livestream today and you can watch the replay here.
We’re enormously grateful for the support of all of our players and we’re excited about what’s coming up for EverQuest II!
Sincerely, as always,
Holly “Windstalker” Longdale
Exec Producer, EQ & EQII