Altar of Malice Pricing Announced – $40 for Standard, $90 for Collector’s Edition

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Free-to-Play (EQ2X)

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Confirming speculation after the pricing for EverQuest’s own The Darkened Sea expansion was recently revealed, today the EverQuest II team have unveiled the pricing for their own Altar of Malice coming this November. As previously mentioned, there will be no Pre-order for this expansion. It’s believed that the team is hoping to avoid the kind of pre-order snafus that players have experienced in the past by just opening the door to purchases on launch day.

All Access customers may purchase one of these two versions of Altar of Malice starting NOVEMBER 11th, 2014:

  • Altar of Malice Standard Edition — $35.99 (All Access price)
  • Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition — $80.99 (All Access price)

Free-to-Play customers may purchase one of these two versions of Altar of Malice starting NOVEMBER 25th, 2014:

  • Altar of Malice Standard Edition $39.99
  • Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition$89.99

The Altar of Malice Standard Edition includes an in-home painting of the key artwork.

The Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition includes an Elite Battle-Mystic Mercenary, Mage Tower Isle of Refuge teleporter, Pterodon flying mount (NO BUFFS/STATS), Dinosaur house pet, three armor gems for upgrading Altar of Malice solo, heroic, or raid armor, and 80 days of Research Assistant (Spell) time.

After the jump, the official announcement from EverQuest2.com:

Rewards for Beta Testing Solo, Heroic, and Tradeskill Content in Altar of Malice

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, SOE Wants Feedback

From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

Beta testing for the Altar of Malice expansion is in full swing and now open for everyone to try out! Joining the Beta server for testing is a great chance to take a look at all of the incredible things coming with Altar of Malice, and also an excellent opportunity to give us your feedback about the expansion before it launches on November 25, 2014. In addition to seeing these gorgeous lands before launch, you can also take some loot home to your live characters just for participating in the Beta action! Take a look at the rewards players can obtain for their live accounts by Beta testing overland, heroic, and tradeskill content.

This Char-Ferrin, Hound of Despair ground mount is rewarded to players who Beta-test solo overland content in Altar of Malice. Intimidate your enemies by riding into battle on this ferocious hellhound! If the flaming eyes and spiked mane aren’t enough to scare you, maybe the razor-sharp teeth will awaken your senses.

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Altar of Malice Beta Opens to All (incl Free-to-Play) Today

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Free-to-Play (EQ2X), Game Updates & Maintenance

From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

UPDATE: At 5:00pm PDT last night, the Altar of Malice beta finally opened for all players, whether Free-to-Play or All Access subscriber.

From the EQ2 Forums:

Everyone can now join the Beta server and experience Altar of Malice before it launches. Are you interested in what’s become of the Isle of Refuge? Do you long to discover the treasures hidden in the Phantom Seas? Beta testing is a great opportunity for you to try out the features of Altar of Malice and provide us with valuable feedback so that we can make this the best expansion yet!

Playing Altar of Malice on the Beta server ahead of time also has perks for your live server accounts! There is more information coming soon about the rewards players will be able to earn.

Here is some consolidated information to help you get started in Beta:
How to provide testing feedback:

  • Use the /bug or /feedback command in game to open a window and submit information
  • Post issues and suggestions in the Altar of Malice Beta Forums

How to copy your character over to the Beta server:

  • Log in your character and then type the /beta command.

Continue reading on the EQ2 Forums…

If you want to get into Altar of Malice beta in 20-30 minutes instead of after 12-14 hours of patching, read our “Altar of Malice Beta Opens” article to see how to quickly copy over your live files to the beta folder.

Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Zavith’loa

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

From EQ/EQ2 Creative Director Akil “Lyndro” Hooper on the EQ2 Forums:

The Pygmies of the Tranquil Sea lived their lives not knowing that they shared their island with a subterranean threat. Deep underneath Dshinn live the lizardkin tribe, Allu’thoa. Using their magic to control the flows of magma, the Allu’thoa carved out their home, a below-ground labyrinth known as Zavith’loa. Worshipping their enigmatic god of lava and prophecy, the Allu’thoa lived for millennia sequestered from the world above.

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Watch the EverQuest II Art & Animation panel from SOE Live 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

Members of the EverQuest II Art team including EQ2 Art Director Tim “Hoahmaru” Heydelaar, Dave “Covic” Brown, Tom “Ttobey” Tobey, and Chris “Phatkins” Atkins talk about the upcoming Altar of Malice expansion, and give us a look behind-the-scenes with concept art, clips and stills.

Recorded live on August 17 2014 at SOE Live. Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Video edited and produced by EQ2Wire.

Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Brokenskull Bay

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

By Akil “Lyndro” Hooper on the EQ2 Forums:

Many years ago, while lost in a storm on the Tranquil Seas, the Brokenskull Pirates came upon an uncharted island. The pirates found a secluded cavern to the leeward side of the island to weather the storm. When the seas calmed, they set out to explore the new land, hoping to make a permanent port in the bay that protected them from the storm. Instead they found the urzarach, a sentient race of creatures that are part bear and part spider, who claimed the land as their own.

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Continue reading after the jump…

Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Phantom Sea

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

It’s time for another zone preview from this fall’s expansion Altar of Malice, this time the overland Phantom Sea. From Nathan “Kaitheel on the EQ2 Forums:

Unswayed in their quest to find Captain Greymast, the heroes sent by the Overlord of Freeport and by the benevolent Queen of Qeynos, arrive in the Phantom Sea, a body of water peppered with mysterious islands that have not been seen by eyes outside of the Far Seas Trading Company since the Age of Cataclysms.

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The island of North Dshinn shares a great many commonalities with its southern sister in Tranquil Sea, but here the zealous Allu’thoa have succeeded in decimating the pygmy population. The last few survivors have been forced to flee their village, Gazanti, leaving the revered deinodons on the island to fend for themselves. This abandonment has gained the attention of the Far Seas Trading Company, who has sent a small band of members to investigate.

Altar of Malice Zone Lore Preview: Tranquil Sea

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

From master of live events and senior designer Nathan “Kaitheel“, we have our first zone preview for the upcoming Altar of Malice expansion. And before anyone asks, this is NOT repurposed zone geometry, but an entirely new continent developed with the new Terrain Tool.

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Long had the Far Seas Trading Company provided Norrath’s displaced citizens a place of refuge, an island where they found respite from the chaos of the Shattered Seas, before being transported to the last great cities of Freeport and Qeynos. But strange tidings came and without another word, the seafaring merchants stopped honoring the Pact of Tserrin. The refugees that should have been arriving at the cities’ docks were replaced by rumors and speculation.

For years, the mystery remained.

Meanwhile, the future of Norrath hung in the balance of Age’s End, forcing tenuous alliances to be forged, and inevitably broken between the kingdoms. When all seemed lost, the great heroes of Norrath pushed the squabbling rulers aside, taking matters into their own hands. Kerafyrm the Awakened, the great Prismatic dragon, fell at last!

Continue reading after the jump…

EQ2 Insider Episode #4 – September 10, 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Tradeskill

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EQ2Wire will be liveblogging EQ2 Insider Episode #4, which as it turns out will be Maggie "Luperza" Krohn's last episode as she has taken a position at Curse.com. You can watch EverQuest II Insider #4 at Twitch right now.

This was a live blog of today's EQ2 Insider Episode #4.

  • Talking about SOE Live and how positive and fun it was.
  • Talking about updates later this year.
  • Kander encouraging people to play Altar of Malice beta as players will earn very nice rewards on Live for their efforts on Beta.
  • Nathan (Kaitheel) will be talking today about Altar of Malice Lore.
  • They'll be talking about Level Agnostic Dungeons today.
  • Grandmasters.
  • Nights of the Dead.
  • Kaitheel will be going over House Decorating Dev Picks.

Watch the EverQuest II Q&A #2 panel from SOE Live 2014!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Free-to-Play (EQ2X), Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Tradeskill

As long last we’ve resumed posting videos recorded from SOE Live 2014. After this, we’ve still got the EQ2 Art & Animation panel, as well as three player panels and the Player Studio panel. Oy vey!

This was the last panel at SOE Live 2014 for EverQuest II — Questions & Answers #2. Due to room acoustics, this recording took an inordinate amount of time to edit and normalize. Fortunately, Audio quality improves around the 3 minute mark when questions begin.

EQ2 Producer Letter: What’s to Come for Sept to Nov!

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From Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Norrathians,

We’re all charged up and busy after a great time at SOE Live! The team is hunkered down and focused on the expansion, fixes, and updates on the schedule. Here are some details!

When is the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice Beta?

On Oct. 7 we will launch Limited Beta for All Access members. Most of the content will be focused on the Overlands and level increase content. We need your support!

Oct. 14 will be Open Beta for everyone. We’d love you to come check out the content and help us make sure it’s good, clean fun.

When is Altar of Malice Launch?

The expansion launch for All Access members will be on Nov. 11, just a few days after we celebrate our 10th anniversary!

On Nov. 25, the expansion will be available to everyone.

Grandmasters Won’t Require Raiding, Exorbitant Research

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding

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I think these days, most players don’t consider their characters complete, competitive, or at least capable until they have upgraded a significant number of their combat arts or spells to Master level. It was not always so…

Are We Entitled to Masters?

It may be hard to remember, but there was a time before the Research tab and before Research Assistants when the only way to get Master spells was to defeat enemies. At launch, Masters were unbelievably rare and only dropped from Epic names. Over the years, they have trickled down to Epic trash, then to Heroic bosses. At some point, a global loot table was added to any slain non-trivial enemy with something like a 1 in 10,000 chance to drop a level-appropriate Master. Every year, Masters seem to become more widely available.

EQ2 ZAM: Transcripts of both EQ2 Q&A panels & Mechanics from SOE Live 2014

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

Because sleep is overrated, EQ2 fan Afista spent the weekend meticulously transcribing the two EverQuest II Q&A panels and has posted them on EQ2 ZAM. Also don’t miss the notes from the all-important Mechanics panel posted by Cyliena as linked below. I got a kick out of hanging out with both of them at SOE Live and seeing what they’re doing for the EQ2 community. I’m starting to feel like a bit of a slacker now… ;)

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At SOE Live 2014, the community had questions and the devs had answers! ZAM was there to keep track of what everyone wanted to know. Afista has written a full recap of what happened during the Q&A following the EQ2 keynote, as well as the AMAA Sessions Part 1 & Part 2.

(also check out our Systems & Mechanics panel recap from last week!)

Watch the EverQuest II: Mechanics Panel from SOE Live 2014!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

In the EverQuest II: Systems panel, the EverQuest II team talks about the upcoming expansion, specifically class balance, mechanics, some new features, and takes player questions. On the panel: Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, Kyle “Kander” Vallee, Michael “Xelgad” Ganz, Robert “Caith” Fouts, Dave “Maevianiu” Kish, Douglas “Endymion” VanDerveer, and Justin “Jamiss” Michael. We recorded this at SOE Live 2014 in Las Vegas and are happy to be able to share it.

On YouTube:

Watch the SOE Live 2014 EverQuest II Q&A #1

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

We recorded the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice keynote, which included about seven minutes of Q&A at the end. We also recorded the EverQuest II Q&A #1 panel and we’ve assembled it into a single video.

NOTE: Audio quality improves at 8:45 as we started using an external mic at this point.

Watch the EverQuest II: Altar of Malice Keynote from SOE Live 2014!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Free-to-Play (EQ2X), Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

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!

SOE Live: EverQuest II Mechanics/Systems Panel Slides

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

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.

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SOE Liveblog: EverQuest II Systems/Mechanics Panel

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

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

  • Deathmatch
  • Penalty for dying
  • Tiles to stand on and get buffs/debuffs

Saturday SOE Live Coverage

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance

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.

SOE Liveblog: EverQuest II Expansion #11 (Altar of Malice)

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

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.

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Press Embargo Drops Five Hours Prior to EQ2 Expansion Keynote

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, SOE Live (Fan Faire), Tradeskill

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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…

Twitch Livestream Schedule for SOE Live

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, SOE Live (Fan Faire)

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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 Keynote
10:00 – 11:00 AM: EverQuest Next Keynote
12:00 – 1:00 PM: EverQuest II Keynote
1:00 – 2:00 PM: EverQuest Keynote
2:00 – 3:00 PM: DC Universe Online Keynote
3:00 – 4:00 PM: H1Z1 Keynote
4:00 – 5:00 PM: PlanetSide 2 Keynote

EQ2Wire’s Seventh Year Covering SOE Live and EverQuest II

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, EQ2 Data & EQ2U, Expansion News

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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.

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