Update Notes: Thursday, July 30, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

PVP General

  • Fixed an issue where players could mentor below the minimum PvP mentor level while inside PvP exempt zones.

Time-Locked PvP

  • Pumice stones are now available from gratified merchants.
  • Qeynos and Freeport now correctly flag opposing faction players for PvP.

ABILITIES PvP

  • Evac spells will no longer work on characters that are in PvP combat.

ITEMS

  • [eq2u]Spirit Totem of the Wolf[/eq2u] will now grant a small “in combat” speed bonus.
  • Fixed a bug with personal depots that increased status and coin rent for the houses they were placed in.

MARKETPLACE

  • Increased the size of the depots on the Marketplace. Their description now displays how many items they will contain.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Kelethin

  • Philosopher Yubee in Kelethin will now give the same advice pertaining to Erollisi Marr, as Philosopher Rhimes.

ITEMS

  • Boots from fabled EoF dungeons have had their weapon damage bonus and spell weapon damage bonus corrected.
  • The Wild Divine will proc when Healing Arrow or Healing Barrage are cast.
  • Crafted and Merchant versions of the altar to Erollisi Marr are now available.
  • Hand of Thule’s Avatar now grants stamina, instead of ridiculous amounts of strength.

QUESTS

  • Power to the Tower – The damaged core should only be resetting when it is not successfully defended.

Update Notes: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding

EU servers are now 3 hours late patching and Holly has an update that it will be another 2 hours before EU servers are back up. That’s 2pm PDT, 5pm EDT, 22:00 GMT, 23:00 CET.

Original article follows…

Update Notes: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Fabled Echoes of Faydwer

  • Collectibles in the Fabled Echoes of Faydwer dungeons will now lock you to the instance when looted.

The Fabled Crypt of Valdoon [Advanced Solo and Heroic]

  • You can now click Valdoon while he’s giving his speech to initiate combat sooner.

Fabled Freethinker’s Hideout [Challenge Raid]

  • The werewolf guards at the entrance should now have the intended amount of health.

ITEMS

  • Corrected the spell description for the solo and raid versions of All for One, they now correctly say 48 to 148 potency for the solo version, and 58 to 158 potency for the heroic version.
  • Icons on the bottom fragments of Ydal now know left from right.
  • A Quarter of the Ankh of Ydal items will automatically convert to the new collection piece versions.
  • Fixed a bug with the ability mod of Paingiver’s Gloves.
  • Altar of Malice Armor fragments and Armor Upgrade gems may now be sold for status.
  • Lore and Legend items may now be sold for status.
  • Slaughterer’s Boots now have the correct spell weapon damage bonus, and weapon damage bonus.

Update Notes: Thursday, June 25, 2015

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
The Fabled Acadechism [Advanced Solo and Heroic]

  • Kelzaral the Animator should be much less destructive.

The Fabled Freethinker Hideout
Drops for The Fabled Freethinker Hideout have had the following adjustments:

  • Moved armor drops from Treyloth to Othysis.
  • Moved accessory drops from Makonis to Treyloth.
  • Makonis will now always drop 2 armor pieces.

Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • You can now combine two cruxes from the same boss drop table to form the other from the same drop table by examining the cruxes.

ITEMS

  • The effect “Bolstered Block” can now be triggered by using “Blinding Dust”.

Kander’s Candor – Fabled Echoes of Faydwer and More!

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From EverQuest II Lead Designer Kyle “Kander“ Vallée on the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Fellow Norrathians!

Just stopping in to give everyone the low down on the new Fabled Echoes of Faydwer zones we will be releasing today.

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People are asking what zones will become Fabled and what play styles will be covered. The answer is we tried to cover as many as possible with this release. We have 3 Fabled Echoes of Faydwer heroic zones: The Acadechism, The Court of Innovation and the Crypt of Valdoon. We also decided to make an advanced solo version of each of these zones for our solo players and are releasing the Fabled Freethinker Hideout raid zone in two flavors, Normal and Challenge.

  • The Fabled Acadechism [Heroic]
  • The Fabled Acadechism [Advanced Solo]
  • The Fabled Court of Innovation [Heroic]
  • The Fabled Court of Innovation [Advanced Solo]
  • The Fabled Crypt of Valdoon [Heroic]
  • The Fabled Crypt of Valdoon [Advanced Solo]
  • The Fabled Freethinker Hideout [Raid]
  • The Fabled Freethinker Hideout [Challenge Raid]

Update Notes: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – Fabled Echoes of Faydwer and Un-Deleting Items & Characters

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Daybreak Cash, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, Tradeskill

Downtime Notice

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately two hours.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 3:00PM London Time on June 23, 2015). Estimated downtime is two hours.

Echoes of Faydwer Fabled (Level 100)

That was fast! After a week on the Beta and Test servers, the Echoes of Faydwer Fabled solo and group dungeons plus a raid zone are patching live tomorrow, providing new content for level 100 players. These new zones also drop this summer’s Ethereal weapons which are on a 30-day rotation as previously mentioned.

Un-Deleting Characters and Items

For the first 15 years of its history, SOE has been known for its exemplary customer service which included the extraordinary safety net of recovering deleted and transmuted items as well as deleted characters (sometimes due to hacked accounts). In the aftermath of recent changes within the company in its transition to Daybreak Games, we’ve seen petition times jump to 3-6 days, and cutbacks on what support events are covered, particularly on deleted characters. It’s our understanding that restoring a hacked account can take several hours of painstaking reconstruction and digging through log files.

With tomorrow’s update, players who mistakenly Delete an Item or Character will now be able to restore them for Daybreak Cash. Player opinion has been rancorous and divided on this issue. On one side, players are castigated for their carelessness with the delete button or use of weak passwords, while others are quick to remind us EverQuest II is not a free game and most pay a monthly subscription, plus Campaigns and/or Expansions and surely there is enough room under that umbrella for this safety net.

Fabled Echoes of Faydwer instances now on Test and Beta!

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As posted by Chrol on the EQ2 Forums on Tuesday, June 16th:

Hey all,

The following instances from Echoes of Faydwer (expansion 3) are now available on Test and Beta servers as Fabled level 100 versions:

  • The Fabled Acadechism [Advanced Solo & Heroic]
  • The Fabled Court of Innovation [Advanced Solo & Heroic]
  • The Fabled Crypt of Valdoon [Advanced Solo & Heroic]
  • The Fabled Freethinker Hideout [Raid & Challenge Raid]

You’ll find the entrance to these dungeons (a door!) just off the dock in Butcherblock Mountains at approximately 724, 24, 581. They can also be accessed individually through their original entrance locations within Greater Faydark, Klak’Anon, and Loping Plains.

There are a ton of new items, collections, missions and challenges so give them a whirl and please reply here with any and all feedback and bugs.

Thanks!

-Chrol

Update Notes: Tuesday June 16, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, PvP/Battlegrounds, Raiding

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Tribunal adds should despawn even if you do not kill the original copy of the Tribunal boss.

Ossuary: Cathedral of Bones [Raid]

  • Villadre’s adds should now despawn when she resets or is defeated.

ABILITIES

  • Consistent Strike and Consistent Smite will now do damage at low levels.

PVP

  • Kylong Warfields will now grant Marks of Bloodshed to players over level 95.

BATTLEGROUNDS

  • Battleground of Theer tiles will no longer apply buffs or debuffs to players on the tiles, with the exception of the Order tile which will still damage those upon it.
  • Battleground of Theer will now kick players who have hidden in the protected spawn points for an excessive amount of time.

ITEMS

  • Several Altar of Malice weapons that had an erroneous extra white adornment slot have had them removed.
  • Gemstone of Scornful Malevolence may now be used to upgrade new block armor.
  • Ethereal Expertise will now message when it is applied, as well as when it is consumed.
  • Ethereal Expertise will no longer break swarm pets.

TRADESKILLS

  • Zander’s Choral Rebuff II (Grandmaster) may now be crafted.

QUESTS

  • Zikana Sly’ssar will now offer his quests to Aerakyn.

Update Notes: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
F.S. Distillery: Stowaways [Event Heroic] and [Challenge]

  • The curable version of Supply Chain will no longer target mercenaries.

MERCENARIES

  • Lady Gretta Cheroon should now be a female when casting illusions on her.

and from Kander on the EQ2 Forums:

Guys, there is an issue with the Ethereal weapons. Yes, they are dropping but no, its not correctly. This should be correctly dropping tomorrow morning.

and from Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

Thus addressing the concern that of the four Ethereal weapons added on Friday, only [eq2u]Fai Thass, The Ravager[/eq2u] has dropped, and only for 2 players on Oasis. You can watch Recent Item Discoveries on EQ2U, specifically Ethereals for the last 30 days, to see them roll in.

June 4th, 2015 Livestream Notes — EoF Fabled Zones June 23rd, Summer Ethereals, Campansion 12 Info!

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

Today Robert “Caith” Fouts, Nathan “Kaitheel” McCall, and Kyle “Kander” Vallee were joined by EQ2 Community Manager Ry “Roshen” Schuller to talk about upcoming changes in this fall’s expansion-sized Campaign, or as the EQ2 team has been calling — the Campansion. Here are my rough notes, subject to my interpretation and these are mostly not direct quotes. Any mistakes are my own!

Amplifying

Players have be able to upgrade armor through Gems and adding Essences to change the Damage type on Weapons. However this has been very limited as it requires the devs to create hundreds of items for each boost/change. A new feature is coming with this fall’s Campansion #12 (Expansion-sized Campaign) called Amplifying  which will allow items to be customized and upgraded on a more detailed level. Not all items in the game will be upgradeable, as this will be limited to items in the expansion and perhaps a few AoM/RC items. For example, you might get a bauble from a zone that allows you to boost stats or add a totally new stat to an item. You will be able to change the Weapon Delay (1, 2, 4, 6, 8) and Damage Type (Mental, Fire, Noxious) on Weapons.

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current prototype of Amplifying

Amplifying requires a dropped material (which could be rare) to boost an item. We’re not sure what it costs just to change the stats, delay, or damage type on an item. The prototype shown just costs plat, but the finalized version will use a material. This will work alongside but not replace Reforging which will largely remain in its current form. The plan is to have a longer expansion Beta test this year so that more feedback can be collected on this feature.

Update Notes: Thursday, June 4, 2015

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

From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 3:00PM London Time on June 4, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 16:00 CET am 04.06.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 16:00 CET le 04-06-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Samhain adds in the Cazic-Thule encounter have been removed.
  • The zombie effect should no longer spam from the spell “Heart Stutter”. It should only play once the spell is applied.
  • Duration between adds has been increased in the Cazic-Thule Encounter.
  • Duration between “fear” increments has been very slightly increased.
  • Judicators and Bailiffs should now despawn when Tribunal has been defeated.

Adornment Dislodgers to Return HEIRLOOM Adorns

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Itemization

adornments

With the Altar of Malice expansion and its related Signature quest, players earned the unlimited ability to safely break off adornments from their gear without destroying either the items or the adornments. However there was a catch! All adornments returned — whether from this quested Ability OR from the crafted Adornment Dislodgers — became NO TRADE. Feedback on this choice has continued at a dull roar and it looks like we can expect some more flexibility…

From Kander on the EQ2 Forums:

We’re going to change it so that it now returns heirloom instead of no trade. Look for this soon.

We are are also looking into making green adorns heirloom.

As to [making removed adornments] trade-able, we may have some info for you with the fall release. More later.

Update Notes: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on May 28, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 6:00 CET am 28.05.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 6:00 CET le 28-05-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
F.S. Distillery: Stowaways [All Versions]

  • The barrels used against Sir Wharfie should always respawn and be visible should the encounter against the armored rat reset.

F.S. Distillery: Distill or Be Killed [Heroic]

  • The achievements, Like a Bull in a Pirate Shop and Crowd Control, are now achievable.

USER INTERFACE

  • Fixed a bug where some attribute values were exceeding the maximums displayable in the UI.

TRADESKILLS

  • The recipe for Smite Corruption II (Grandmaster) may now be crafted.
  • The recipe for Unflinching Will V (Grandmaster) will now correctly return Unflinching Will V (Grandmaster) when crafted.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Conjuror

  • Plane shift will now grant chance to proc pet’s primary quick attack.

Necromancer

  • Undead Knight IX appearance is now that of a Jun’Rah.

Update Notes: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Written by Dethdlr on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, Raiding

From the EQ2Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General
Werner Thunderleg will now cast Total Domination correctly.

F.S. Distillery: Beggars and Blighters [Raid]
Kildiun the Drunkard has had his health increased.

MERCENARIES
Katastra Vilehex now has a more tank focused buff package.

ITEMS
Corrected an issue with Offensive Focus effects that prevented them from working for some classes.
Sigil of Defiance will now grant melee skills and defense instead of casting skills.

New Exceptional Jewel Adornments Trip Up Mix-and-Matchers

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, Raiding

One of the more interesting features teased at the Altar of Malice systems panel at SOE Live 2014 last summer was the concept of Adornment Set Bonuses. As described, players who applied adornments from the same set would receive a lucrative bonus effect or set of stats. However when the Altar of Malice expansion arrived, the set bonuses were found to be relatively limited and even nonsensical, leading most players to ignore them and freely mix-and-match adornments to min/max their characters. Players guessed that an interesting idea on paper hadn’t turned out to be compelling enough to require another layer of decision-making to players.

Now six months after the release of the expansion, the Rum Cellar DLC has introduced new adornments that have brought this discussion back to the forefront. So far, the feedback from this introduction has been mixed as players must now consider some new choices. For starters, these new Exceptional Jewel adornments consume a slot traditionally reserved for the powerful War Runes — the Cloak slot. Further, only certain adornment sets include the popular Shoulder choices of 6% Flurry and 6% Doublecast. Players must now decide whether they’ll give up one of their five War Rune adornments AND a certain amount of freedom of choice in exchange for these bonuses.

The dev team have been taking feedback about these new adorns and there have already been some changes to them since they launched as far as how they display in-game, and being dropped as player-selectable patterns.This is being discussed in a few places on the EQ2 Forums:

 

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Update Notes: Thursday, May 7, 2015

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From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Phantom Sea

  • Werner Thunderleg can now be found hanging out in Kithicor Forrest in the Phantom Sea.

F.S. Distillery: The Rum Cellar [Solo]

  • Fixed a crash in the Rum Cellar solo instance.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Scouts

  • Scout Offensive stances will no longer spam requires level 96 when zoning.

Warden

  • Dawnstrike Strike, Icefall Strike and Whirl of Permafrost now do more damage.

Inquisitor

  • Strike of Flames, Invocation Strike, Strike of Corruption now do more damage.

Druid

  • Howling with the Pack will now heal mercs.

Update Notes: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Art, Appearance, Housing, EQ2, Game Updates & Maintenance, Grouping, Itemization, Raiding, Tradeskill

From the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Phantom Sea

  • T’Kaela should no longer have an incorrect Rum Cellar requirement.

F.S. Distillery: The Rum Cellar [Solo]

  • At no time will death result in being stuck in the storeroom.
  • The damage inflicted by Aerial Attack has been slightly increased.

F.S. Distillery: Distill or Be Killed [Heroic]

  • The cannon used against The Red Corsair will no longer be stuck in operation by another member of your party when it shouldn’t be.
  • Charanda will no longer be stuck immune in either the normal or challenge mode encounters.
  • Brokenskull Rum Party – No more than 20 Brokenskull pirate zipliners should spawn when the mission starts, and they should all remain on the Rum Run should they not be added to anyone’s hate list when they land.
  • Pets or mercs can no longer be targeted by Portia Rumuffin.

Rum Cellar Highlights: What You Need to Know

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From Roshen on the EQ2 Forums:

rum_cellar_logo

Earlier this month, the EverQuest II team unveiled plans for campaigns! The first new campaign, Rum Cellarwill be available on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Rum Cellar comes with six new instances (solo, heroic, and raid content) with lots of loot, collections, and achievements.

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Here’s a list of the features that are included in the Rum Cellar campaign:

  • 2 Solo Zones (1 Solo and 1 Advanced Solo)
  • 3 Heroic Zones (1 Heroic, 1 Event Heroic, 1 Event Heroic-Challenge)
  • Raid Zone with 10 Bosses
  • Lots of Loot, including drops of a Rare Elite Mercenary and a Zeppelin Mount
  • New Achievements and Titles
  • New Gems for Armor
  • New Collections
  • Merchant who accepts Far Sea Ferrin (who also sells a Zeppelin Mount!)

Kander’s Candor: Rum Cellar and Beyond

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

EQ2 Lead Designer Kyle “Kander” Vallee has posted more details on the upcoming Rum Cellar DLC, as well as a peek at the large fall update which the EQ2 team has been careful not to describe as an expansion, yet will have an overland zone, quest lines, and numerous dungeons.

I’m relieved to read some of the details and this paints a better picture overall of what we can expect this year. If I had to ask for “one thing more” in the statement, I’d have liked to see the Echoes of Faydwer Fabled dungeons mentioned by name. They’re a nice summer holdover for players who can run the Altar of Malice instances in their sleep, and it helps us stretch out the content until the fall update. The announcement doesn’t touch on pricing, but I think it nudges in the right direction that we’re not going to be nickel-and-dimed for single dungeon updates. Players just want to know that the overall cost and rate of content release isn’t going to unexpectedly jump. Without that assurance, it’s understandable that some players are hesitating about the Rum Cellar DLC.

For many of them, it’s not the pricing of Rum Cellar so much as the total pricing for all the content coming in 2015 that players are curious about. If the overall number excluding extras such as prestige houses, mounts, and mercs is reasonable, then I think people will get on board. I plan to buy Rum Cellar on my main account, and will evaluate the Octoberish update when it’s around the corner. So without further ado, let’s read up!

From the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Fellow Norrathians!

I was asked by Windstalker and a few other prominent Norrath citizens to come and expand on the information about the Rum Cellar Campaign as well as give some hints about what we have in store for the future.

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Rum Cellar Preview Livecast Video Now on YouTube

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This week’s Rum Cellar preview livecast on Twitch with EQ/EQ2 Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, EQ2 designer Chris “Chrol” Garlick, and EQ2 Community Manager Roshen has now been posted on YouTube. Note that it cuts off at the 59 minute mark as they ran up against the 1 hour scheduled timeslot and never came back from it. We are hoping to get a brief summary of the key points from the webcast here on EQ2Wire sometime today.

 

Update Notes: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, Itemization, Raiding

From the EQ2 Forums:

maintenance_notification

US  EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT* for an update. Estimated downtime is approximately one hour.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT* for an update. (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on April 8, 2015). Estimated downtime is one hour.

Alle deutschsprachigen Server werden um 6:00 CET am 08.04.2015 zwecks einer Serveraktualisierung heruntergefahren. Die vorgesehene Stillstandszeit wird etwa 1 Stunde(n) betragen.

Le serveur de langue française sera arrêté à 6:00 CET le 08-04-2015 pour une mise à jour du serveur. Le temps d’arrêt sera d’environ 1 heure.

and from the EQ2 Forums:

POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Precipice of Power [Raid]

  • Cazic Thule will be protected by his minions if he falls low on health and they are able to help him!

ITEMS

  • All damage types of the Terror Inducing Mace have been made 6 second delay.

Test / Beta Update Notes: Friday, April 3, 2015

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Normally we don’t list complete Test / Beta Update Notes so as to avoid confusion with Live notes, but in this case, we’re going to make an exception as players have been clamoring for signs that development continues on EQ2 from bug fixes to performance tweaks to mechanics and class balance changes, and this update has all of that!

From the EQ2 Forums:

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS

  • Reduced frequency of UI updates being sent to clients from the server lowering server/client and bandwidth load, specifically during combat.
  • Improved server memory use.
  • Various client crash fixes.
  • Several minor performance improvements on nearly every system in game.
  • Lowered server/client and bandwidth load for the warder and construct windows.
  • Lowered the server load caused by player pets in and out of combat.
  • Made improvements to performance hits caused by census exports.

GENERAL

  • Guildhall Harvesters have had their dialog list shortened.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The triumphs for Drunder have been reset to clear any issues with them not updating. Some players will be granted this automatically upon logging in.
  • Achievements related to Sevelak of Storms have been fixed.
  • Achievements related to youtube uploads have been removed as this feature is no longer available.

Producer’s Letter: Class Changes on Beta

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From EverQuest and EverQuest II Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the EQ2 Forums:

Good day, Norrath!

This week, we are starting to beta test class changes for scouts, fighters, and summoners. We have wanted to tackle some high priority issues for these classes for a long time and we’ve been working on solutions. This includes improvements like increasing DPS for scouts and fighters, which goes along with a gear revamp for fighters’ defensive armor that makes playing the game more rewarding (i.e. using abilities will matter more). For summoners, we’ve addressed some lingering issues with pets and implemented a whole new pet AI, as well as the long-awaited summoner pet window that will display pet stats. We’ve invited some of our community experts and players to help us test on Beta for release as soon as we are all satisfied which will hopefully be in a larger update at the end of the month (more news on that really soon).

We are also focusing on and continuing to bring improvements to performance. We are aware of the lag concerns and are working hard to address them as quickly as we find them. We found some issues we patched out last week and we’re seeing improvements. Please continue to use /bug and /feedback if you are experiencing severe lag and aren’t using a third-party UI mod (which do tend to bog down clients).

Last, but not least, we wish you the best of the silliest of high holidays with Bristlebane Day events. We will continue to bring you infamous holiday fun throughout the year and, as always, will continue to provide frequent updates and bug fixes.

Spring has sprung and we’re excited to be on this journey with you all! We appreciate you all and the support you’ve shown us.

More news to come!

The Summoner Pet AI/UI has been on test since February. No test/beta notes have been posted for the remainder of the mentioned changes just yet.

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