There were some technical difficulties during the first 10 minutes of the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice keynote which was livestreamed from SOE Live last week. Instead of clearly hearing the producer and designers of our game hyping their hard work, audiences at home mostly heard frustrated AV techs trying to get things working. Fortunately, we recorded the keynote in person and are now able to provide the complete event for those who missed it!
Here are the slides presented by the EverQuest II team specifically the mechanics/systems guys. Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, and Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer were presenting.
Now it’s time for the EverQuest II Systems panel. Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, and Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer are presenting. We’re liveblogging this panel as well as recording a video of this panel in 720p HD.
Liveblog begins at 1:00pm PDT and ends at 2:00pm PDT on Saturday August 16th.
Fix for Stealth and AE Abilities
New Spell Qualities
- All spells go to Grandmaster
- Certain spells go to Ancient
Battleground 6v6 Balance of Theer
- Penalty for dying
- Tiles to stand on and get buffs/debuffs
EQ2Wire is boots on the ground in Las Vegas and we’ve been covering all things EQ2. Yesterday we reported all the Altar of Malice news. Today, we continue to record panels in HD, including this morning’s Art and Animation panel. We’ll be Liveblogging the EQ2 Mechanics this afternoon. We’re slso recording Q&A panels and will post them this coming week.
Now it's time for the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice expansion panel with nearly the entire EQ2 team. We're liveblogging as well as recording a video of this panel in 720p HD. This panel is also being livecast on Twitch.
Liveblog began at 12:00pm PDT and ended at 1:00pm PDT on Friday August 15th.
Holly "Windstalker" Longdale to the stage. Tim Heydalaar and Dave Brown to the stage.
Showing PlayerStudio items.
Looks like Press gets a healthy headstart on posting expansion news for EverQuest and EverQuest II this year. After their private meetings with Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson and EQ2 Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on Tuesday, they’ve had time to draft their articles and now, they’re available for all to read. My issue is, people at home have more information than those at SOE Live who may not yet have read these articles. Some Press sites (notably excluding Massively and ZAM) get a full boat ride from SOE, paying for hotel and sometimes even airfare, dinners, etc.). EQ2Wire covers EverQuest II all 365 days a year, and we do it without VIP treatment.
Anyway, enough politics. On to the news! These are the sites we’ve found so far:
The totally kickass key art is at the top of the article. And now the bullet points:
- Level 100 increase for Adventure, Tradeskill, and Guild levels.
- 14 Dungeons
- 6 Raids
- 6 Advanced Solo Zones
- 2 Contested Dungeons
- 2 Massive Overland zones created with the new unbelievable Layout Editor. I’ve heard that the new zones are so stunning that players will hardly believe they are running in the EQ2 engine.
- Tranquil Sea: composed of the devastated Isle of Refuge, Deathweave Isle, and the Pygmie-and-dinosaur-inhabited Island of Dichen
- Phantom Sea: composed of the haunted forest of Kithicor, the trading company’s home base Highhold, and Grimshales, an island made from a shard of Luclin
- 4 new Avatars
More after the jump…
Here’s the Twitch Livestream schedule for SOE Live this year. Keep in mind that EQ2Wire will be recording all EQ2 panels, several Player panels, and even a few EQNext panels if Curse doesn’t show. All times are in Pacific Daylight Time, and all broadcasts are on SOE’s Twitch channel.
Thursday, August 14:
7:00 – 9:00 PM: SOE Live Welcome Reception and Keynote featuring President John Smedley
Friday, August 15:9:00 – 10:00 AM: Landmark Keynote10:00 – 11:00 AM: EverQuest Next Keynote12:00 – 1:00 PM: EverQuest II Keynote1:00 – 2:00 PM: EverQuest Keynote2:00 – 3:00 PM: DC Universe Online Keynote3:00 – 4:00 PM: H1Z1 Keynote4:00 – 5:00 PM: PlanetSide 2 Keynote
Has it really been another year? Next week, EQ2Wire will be (where else?) in Las Vegas for our seventh SOE Live covering EverQuest II. This looks to be a light year for EQ2, with only 5 events to cover and no Tradeskill, Lore, or Itemization panels this time around.
You can read the official SOE Live 2014 Schedule here, but scroll down to see the list of panels I will be attending, with notations of which panels I will be Liveblogging and Filming. Blogging an accurate transcription of a Q&A panel in realtime is almost impossible, so this year I will be focusing on getting a good 720p HD video recording of as many panels as possible and will then post them in the week after SOE Live. Please note that all times are Pacific Daylight Time.
Dethdlr and I will also be on hand to talk about EQ2Wire and EQ2U on the show floor as well as at our own panel alongside Dedith of Dragon’s Armory. This year, we’ll be talking less about the history of our websites and more about how players can improve their characters using all the tools we provide. We’ll also be going over our new Quest Journal and Checklist features which are currently in public beta.
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.
Announcing the winners of the EQ2 summer contest.
After the jump, the Dev Q&A…
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 trademark — The 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.
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
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.
Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has posted a new Producer’s Letter which can be found on the EQ2 Forums
- 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…
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)
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.
also on Twitter:
Do you own the Tears of Veeshan expansion? You’ll receive free Raident Nightmare Flight Wings on 02/28! [RadarX]
— EverQuest II (@everquestii) February 20, 2014
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!
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.
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!
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.
The US EverQuest II servers are back up as of about 10 minutes ago and it looks like Tears of Veeshan is live! No word on when EU servers will be up.
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.
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!
- 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
From Cyliena on EQ2 ZAM:
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.
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.