Transcript: EQ2Insider Developer Q&A – July 9, 2014 ~ 2:00pm

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EQ2Wire is providing a running transcript of today’s EQ2Insider Developer Q&A with questions posed by players on the EQ2 Forums, Facebook, Twitter, and even Google Plus. Present on the panel are EQ2 Community Manager Margaret “Luperza” Krohn, EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, EQ2 Game Designer Mike “Xelgad” Ganz, and EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee.

Today’s livecast started with a hilarious 2D animation of the Age’s End story thus far.

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Announcing the winners of the EQ2 summer contest.

After the jump, the Dev Q&A…

SOE Trademarks The Altar of Malice and the Darkened Sea

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According to a player who goes by Liched on the EQ2 Forums, SOE just registered two trademarks on July 2nd. One, The Altar of Malace, would seem to feed into an existing storyline in EverQuest related to Neriak. The other trademarkThe Darkened Sea — may be the name of the upcoming EverQuest II expansion, a whole other game, or just a red herring which doesn’t amount to a released product any time soon.

The next EverQuest II expansion, expected to be released this November, will raise the level cap to 100 (as per the EQ2 Insider webcast) and will have a strong dinosaur theme (as per last year’s EQ2 Art panel). The upcoming expansion is expected to add new overland areas built with the new terrain tool, as well as adding new dungeons , and raids.

EQ2 Insider #2 Summary and Notes by Kinya

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Kinya, webmaster of the Polish multi-game fansite Babagra, has posted a summary and notes of the second EQ2 Insider webcast which was held last Wednesday.

What happen recently in EQ2:
- weekly updates;
- dreadscale maw – new raid;
- high keep contested;
- June promotion Gear Up, Level UP;
- heroic characters are on sale;
- discount on expansion if bought in June;
- new Loyalty items added to MarketPlace.

Team is focused mostly on the things which are coming to EQ2:
- fabled Deathtoll (around 20 July);
- big unnamed event in July;
- new challenge duo coming in August;
- lore and legends for Aerakyns (June/ July).

Ethereals and Artifacts - current items will be available until mid of July then comes another set of items: weapons.
Not all the Artifacts were discovered so far on all servers. There is around only 15 of them in game currently (11 servers x 4 artifacts = 44)

June Dev Picks (from 10:30): Magic Kingdom by Sairalindie on Antonia Bayle and Meta’s Enchanted Island Tours by Metamarra on Butcherblock.

Collectors edition ToV winners (selected from ppl watching stream): Psycha, Ladylove4, DonRipper

Year of EverQuest: May Franchise Video — Gear Up Promo, Dressable NPCs, Fabled Deathtoll x4 Raid

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Check out the latest video featuring the Producers from EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Landmark talking about what happened during May and what’s coming up over summer!

Here are the bullet points for EQ2:

  • The EQ2 team are looking forward to this year’s expansion which will increase the level cap to 100.
  • In June, we want you to Gear Up and Level Up your characters.
    • All Access gets 25% Bonus XP, 25% off Heroic Characters (insta-level 85), four times the amount of Etyma currency from Tears of Veeshan missions, and 15% off the Tears of Veeshan expansion.
    • Free-to-Play gets double the amount of Etyma currency and 15% off the Tears of Veeshan expansion.
  • Also in June, Dressable NPCs. These house-placeable NPCs will allow decorators to choose from a variety of races and dress these characters how you want to. You’ll also be able to choose from different animations.
  • Also this month, Fabled Deathtoll x4 Raid based off the Deathtoll zone in Kingdom of Sky. As we saw in today’s EQ2 Insider webcast, the new Deathtoll encounters have been retooled and some new animations have been created as well.

Producer’s Letter: May/June News!

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Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has posted a new Producer’s Letter which can be found on the EQ2 Forums

Highlights include:

  • New Matchmaking Code for Battlegrounds
  • New PVP Warzone
  • Converting old currencies
  • House NPCs
  • New Loyalty items
  • New Deathtoll Fabled Dungeon
  • Status Merchant Revamp
  • June Promo – Gear Up, Level Up

Here’s the letter…

Dearest Norrathians,

We’re working to bring you a lot more information about what we’re doing, why, and when. To that end, here’s a quick overview on what we’ve done recently and what’s coming soon!

As a quick recap of our larger content releases in April and May so far, we launched:

  • High Keep Contested dungeon
  • High Keep Guild Halls
  • Temple of Veeshan raid zone
  • Ethereal/Artifact items (in Tears of Veeshan mission crates for a couple of months)

Tears of Veeshan Owners to get Flight Wings on Feb 28

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

Many EQ2 players received received an e-mail this week like the following. A few people thought it was a hoax or phishing scam due to the typos, while others pouted about not receiving a copy. Either way, if you are flagged for Tears of Veeshan on your account, then on February 28th you’ll receive a pair of Nightmare Flight Wings.

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also on Twitter:

 

EQ2Wire’s Tears of Veeshan Frequently Asked Questions

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Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we are seeing about the new EverQuest II expansion Tears of Veeshan. This article will be updated as more details are found!

How do I get started in Tears of Veeshan?

The Tears of Veeshan expansion begins with the Tears of Veeshan: The Eternal Broodlands Signature quest, which you will receive an in-game mail about, and which you can pick up in either Qeynos or Freeport. Once on the quest, you will begin a path that takes you to the Vesspyr Isles.

How to travel directly to the new zones without doing the quest lines?

  • If you are in a guild hall, you may travel by Druid Ring to Vesspyr Isles. Player-summoned druid rings may or may not show Vesspyr Isles as a travel option. This has been reported as a bug. Tinkerers may also craft a [eq2u]Wormhole Generator: Obol Plains[/eq2u] and then fly to the druid ring there to travel to Vesspyr Isles.

Massively, Curse Take Flight in EQII’s Tears of Veeshan

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The Embargo on EQ2′s Tears of Veeshan expansion news dropped today at noon, so here’s your opportunity to read writeups (with some interview questions from Holly, Akil, and Carlos) about the expansion by the lovely MJ Guthrie who works hard to keep EQ2 on the front page of Massively and for that we have much respect!

and here’s a writeup by Curse who also got to ask some developer questions…

We’ll be back tomorrow with our EQ2Wire Tears of Veeshan: Frequently Asked Questions article tomorrow — promise!

Official EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan Trailer

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From the EQ2 Forums:

Sony Online Entertainment, LLC (SOE) today announced the launch of EverQuest®II: Tears of Veeshan™, the 10th expansion for the hit massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The Tears of Veeshan expansion features engaging new content, including a compelling storyline to experience, a new overland realm to explore, massive dungeons, dragon-themed Alternative Advancements (AAs), the new Channeler class, and a host of challenging quests and items.

Niami Denmother’s EQ2Traders Tears of Veeshan Guide

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Tears of Veeshan offers new Tradeskill quests, tradeskill collections, recipes, new tradeskill apprentice recipes, purple war runes you can craft, and Gemstones which can upgrade Advanced Solo and Heroic gear as well as many other new features. There’s also a great change to building blocks and a new pack pegasus.

From Niami Denmother of EQ2Traders:

There is quite a bit going on regarding crafting in the Tears of Veeshan expansion, and since one of the SOE Dev team, Caith, went to the trouble of putting together a master list for us for beta, I am taking that list and running with it.

Continue reading at EQ2Traders!

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 “Tears of Veeshan”

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Here are the Update Notes for the Tears of Veeshan expansion (ie Game Update 68) from the EQ2 Forums:


TEARS OF VEESHAN

After rediscovering Yelinak, now the steward of Vesspyr Isles alongside other fallen and familiar dragons, players learn of the time/space powers behind the Tear of Veeshan stolen by prismatic dragon Kerafyrm the Awakened. With Kerafyrm’s fearsome power looming over Norrath, players are called upon to shine light into the darkness brought on by the Awakened’s draconic army, and set the stage for a new Age to begin!

Features:

  • New class – Channeler!
  • New Dragon-themed AAs
  • AA limit increased to 340
  • New overland area, Vesspyr Isles – Adventure, amenities, quests, collections, and more!
  • Nine new dungeons
  • Two new raid zones
  • More Tradeskill and Tradeskill Apprentice Items
  • New PvP item tier

EQ2 ZAM Tears of Veeshan Preview: Adventuring in Vesspyr

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From Cyliena on EQ2 ZAM:

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Qeynos and Freeport are under assault by the forces of the Awakened. Kerafyrm has possession of the Tear of Veeshan. The commander of the New Combine army lay in his grave, with his daughter, Antonia Bayle, grief-stricken and alone.

The darkest days are coming to EverQuest II. Ages End is just around the corner.

Over the past month your EQII ZAM team has toiled away on the Beta server, working to bring you the coverage you’ve come to expect.

Continue reading at EQ2 ZAM…

EQ2Wire Preview: Tears of Veeshan Heroic Zones

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping

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EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan launches tomorrow, and one of the benefits of an Open Beta is, we don’t have to wait for any pesky embargoes to take a look at what zones players will be journeying to in less than 24 hours. NOTE: All screenshots in the article were taken by me.

Tears of Veeshan includes nine new Instances which are available in both Advanced Solo and Heroic versions. The new solo/heroic zones are all accessible from the Vesspyr Isles (which are another realm of the Ethernere, sharing vestiges of the Tenebrous Tangle).

  •  The Fractured Hive
  •  The Nexus Core
  •  High Keep
  •  High Keep: The Pickclaw Depths
  •  Stratum of the Protectors
  •  Ssrez’Ras: Chamber of Stasis
  •  Temple of Veeshan: Laboratory of Mutation
  •  Temple of Veeshan: Halls of the Betrayer
  •  Temple of Veeshan: Vulak’Aerr’s Dominion

NOTE: The difficulty markers above are my estimates, not from a developer.

EQ2Wire Tears of Veeshan Interview: Turning the Corner on Itemization

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding

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After six years attending gaming conventions, namely Fan Faire and then SOE Live, one learns to carry a healthy dose of skepticism into any keynote or panel. The Age of Discovery (2011) and Chains of Eternity (2012) panels dazzled us with glitzy new features, beautiful new zones, and tweaks to itemization and mechanics. But by and large, these nips and tucks to itemization have remained in the well-worn rut of “Stamina + Main Stat increasing on a straight line” introduced with the Destiny of Velious expansion.

In Kyle “Kander” Vallée‘s interview with EQ2Talk this spring, he candidly shared his frustrations with Stat Consolidation and his plans to bring back Player Choice and Variety in itemization. But while I had reason to be excited for the Tears of Veeshan Itemization and Mechanics panels at this year’s SOE Live, I wasn’t fully prepared for the daring long-term plan for Itemization with which we were presented. I observed a confident, unified development team laying out their vision for a future in which choice is put back into player hands, and where the complexity that has always set EQ2 apart from more “accessible” games such as WoW is embraced rather than smoothed over.

If you’ve developed tunnel vision when shopping for item upgrades, glancing only at Stamina and Main Stats (Int/Wis/Str/Agi), you’ll likely do a double take when first encountering Tears of Veeshan items.

EQ2 Talk #72 – What Does the Windstalker Say

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The hits keep on coming, as Dellmon and Aliscious from the popular EQ2Talk podcast have landed an unprecedented third interview with EverQuest II Senior Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale. Their past interviews with Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson, Kyle “Kander” Vallée, and Holly have been a joy to listen to, including the kinds of detailed questions we all wish we could ask these folks.

Don’t miss this week’s episode from EQ2Talk.com!

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EQ2 Talk is thrilled to have EverQuest 2 Senior Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale back for the third time! Tune in as she lets us sneak a peek at EQ2’s upcoming expansion, Tears of Veeshan. Holly provides a lore primer on the Vesspyr Isles, reveals details about flagging, and talks about the much anticipated Dungeon Finder 2.0. She also offers an inside look at heroic characters, leveling and the new channeler class.

Click here to listen to Episode 72

ToV Preview: Me and My Pet Rock: Introducing the Channeler class!

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From Erin Oakley on the EQ2 Forums:

First announced at SOE Live 2013, the Channeler is a new player class coming on November 12 with the EverQuest II Tears of Veeshan expansion. Here’s an overview of this unique DPS healer:

A Priest with a Bow?

You heard right! The Channeler uses magically-charged shots to deal damage and heal their Construct and party members. Channelers can also wear leather armor, allowing them to take a few extra hits and keep on firing.

EQ2 ZAM Preview: Wandering the Tears: Looking Beyond Veeshan

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EQ2 ZAM has checked in with the second half of their Tears of Veeshan interview:

In the conclusion to our interview with the EverQuest II team, we take a look at Game Update 68 features, future updates and Player Studio.

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Tears of Veeshan is not the only thing launching on Tuesday, November 12. Game Update 68 is happening at the same time, which will add two new features: Tier 4 Guild Halls and Mercenary Slots.

In the final part of our interview with the EverQuest IIteam we spoke to them about these features, tried to discern some information on the future and briefly discussed Player Studio.

Read the full article over on ZAM!

EQ2 ZAM Preview: Wandering the Tears: Content, Progression & Lore

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From EQ2 ZAM:

In the first part of our interview with the EverQuest II team, we take a look at the new content, progression and more.

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Tears of Veeshan is quickly approaching, with less than one week remaining to pre-order EverQuest II’s 10th expansion pack. As the launch date of Tuesday, November 12 looms, we took some time to speak with the EQII team about Tears of Veeshan and beyond.

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Read the full article over on ZAM!

 

Tears of Veeshan Lore Preview: Temple of Veeshan

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From Ry “Roshen” Schueller on the EQ2 Forums:

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Kerafyrm has turned Temple of Veeshan into a floating fortress!

Suspended by Kerafyrm’s magic, the Temple of Veeshan hovers ominously above Norrath. The first Tear of Veeshan has increased Kerafyrm’s power by an order of magnitude, and he is using the power of the Tear to force Temple of Veeshan through the veil between Norrath and Ethernere.

Rewards for Beta Testing Tears of Veeshan – Flying Sokokar, More

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This was posted last week, but better late than never. ;)

From the EQ2 Forums:

Testing for EverQuest II’s 10th expansion, Tears of Veeshan, is in full swing on the Beta server. Not only can you get a preview of what’s to come by heading over to take a look, but also earn rewards that you can claim on your live character!

There are three separate rewards that you can earn for testing different facets of the expansion:

[eq2u]Blessed of Veeshan Reward Bundle[/eq2u] is for testing overland quests in Vesspyr Isles.

[eq2u]Thread Jumper’s Reward Bundle[/eq2u] is granted for testing and completing all of the Heroic dungeons.

[eq2u]Indomitable Reward Bundle[/eq2u] is granted for raid testing with a member of the development team.

So head on over to the beta server and join the fun!

Sokokars Take Flight

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First ever flying Blessed Sokokar mount. (heroic version)

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Tears of Veeshan beta opens — 9 Heroic zones, 2 raids, Testing Rewards

Written by Dethdlr on . Posted in Expansion News, Grouping, Raiding, SOE Wants Feedback

Kander posted this on the EQ2Forums:

Greetings and welcome to the Tears of Veeshan open Beta!

First, let me thank you all for choosing to come and help us. We are grateful for your time, and will see that you are justly rewarded!

We have a lot to test with this expansion, and we appreciate all of you who are helping us.

You can access Vesspyr: the Eternal Broodlands via the dragon rings or druid rings.

All heroic and advanced solo content is accessible directly from specialized entrances in the overland.

Here is the zone list:

  • Nexus Core [Heroic]
  • Nexus Core [Advanced Solo]
  • The Fractured Hive [Heroic]
  • The Fractured Hive [Advanced Solo]
  • High Keep[Heroic]
  • High Keep[Advanced Solo]
  • High Keep: The Pickclaw Depths [Heroic]
  • High Keep: The Pickclaw Depths [Advanced Solo]
  • Izshrash’Khar: Stratum of the Protectors [Heroic]
  • Izshrash’Khar: Stratum of the Protectors [Advanced Solo
  • Ssrez'Ras: Chamber of Stasis [Heroic]
  • Ssrez’Ras: Chamber of Stasis [Advanced Solo]
  • Temple of Veeshan: Halls of the Betrayer [Heroic]
  • Temple of Veeshan: Halls of the Betrayer [Advanced Solo]
  • Temple of Veeshan: Laboratory of Mutation [Heroic]
  • Temple of Veeshan: Laboratory of Mutation [Advanced Solo
  • Temple of Veeshan: Vulak'Aerr's Dominion [Heroic]
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