Altar of Malice Launches Today & Altar of Malice Trailer

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

Altar of Malice launch trailer @ Youtube

From the EQ2 Forums:

EverQuest II’s 11th expansion, Altar of Malice, launches today for All-Access Members! Are you ready to take up arms and unravel the mysteries of The Shattered Seas? This expansion is packed full of adventure and brings a ton of exciting new features to players! Let’s take a look at some of the things you can look forward to in Altar of Malice.

Altar of Malice Now Available for Purchase!!

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

The Altar of Malice expansion is now available for purchase for All Access subscribers!!

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Answers to Frequent Questions

  • If you Free-to-Play, or wish to purchase on the Steam platform, then you will be able to purchase the expansion on November 25, 2014.
  • If you attended SOE Live, then you can verify that you have been granted the standard edition of Altar of Malice by visiting this hidden EQ2 Entitlements page and looking for “Entitlement: Altar of Malice“.
  • Some users are receiving the message “You are not eligible to purchase this product. Please check available products below.” If you did not attend SOE Live and you receive this message, try a different web browser like (shudder) Internet Explorer.
  • If you attended SOE Live and wish to upgrade to the Collector’s Edition, then DO NOT BUY THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION!!! Instead click on the “Standard Edition ($39.99) button and you will be presented with this screen offering to sell you the upgrade for $50:

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EQ2Wire Has a Chatroom!

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Join us in the EQ2Wire chatroom!

Enter a nickname and fill in the captcha above, then click CONNECT!
There’s always someone in the chatroom during US or EU-friendly times.

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Chat through your web browser

If you prefer to chat in a separate window rather than the iframe above, visit the FreeNode website, enter a nickname and type #eq2wire as the channel. Fill in the captcha and then click connect!

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Chat through mIRC

If you are familiar with mIRC or another IRC client, install it and then connect to irc.freenode.net port 6667 and join the #eq2wire channel.

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 “Altar of Malice”

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance

From buildmaster Bunji on the EQ2 Forums:

ALTAR OF MALICE

In the service of the monarchs, the bravest adventurers will journey across the mysterious Shattered Seas to face prehistoric deinodons, petite-yet-perilous pygmies, bone-armored lizard men, salty pirates, and other new, unseen creatures. And while there are dangers on the waters, beware the grotesque, thickening plot hidden deep in the Kithicor Woods. It’s so malicious it could make even the undead’s skin crawl…

Features:

  • Level 100 for Adventurers, Tradeskillers, and Guilds
  • New Prestige Abilities to 100
  • 15 Heroic zones
  • 6 Raid zones
  • 6 Advanced solo zones
  • 2 Contested zones
  • 2 Overlands
  • 4 new Avatars of the Gods raids
  • New Grandmaster spells
  • Rare Ancient Spell scrolls
  • Over 100 quests
  • Tradeskill Quests and Recipes
  • New PvP Gear
  • Lots and lots of loot!
  • Collect gem sets to give bonuses to armor

Altar of Malice & Nov 11th Game Update Downtime — 5am~Noon

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

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After some initial confusion, the downtime for tomorrow’s big update for the Altar of Malice expansion has been announced. ALL servers will go down at 5:00am PST tomorrow.

Time Zone Conversions — Downtime for ALL SERVERS (US, EU, RU, JP)

  • PST: November 11 @ 5:00am til Noon
  • EST: November 11 @ 8:00am til 3:00pm
  • GMT: November 11 @ 13:00 til 20:00
  • CET: November 11 @ 14:00 til 21:00
  • AEDT: November 11 @ Midnight til November 12 @ 7:00am

Watch the EQ2U / Dragon’s Armory panel from SOE Live 2014!

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

At long last we’ve tweaked and poked and edited together this year’s SOE Live 2014 panel “Leveraging EQ2 Data Feeds”. This panel was hosted by Dedith of Dragon’s Armory, Dethdlr and Morgan Feldon of EQ2U, Douglas “Endymion” from the EQ2 team, and Zoltaroth lead programmer of Landmark. We talk about Quests and Leaderboards and answer player questions and suggestions:

We will be working hard tomorrow to support the rollout of the Altar of Malice expansion.

Heads Up for Tomorrow: Aerakyn Hair Shader Discrepancy

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

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The Aerakyn race will become available for purchase sometime tomorrow and through internal testing, the EQ2 team have discovered an issue affecting hair color and the “hidden personal torch” feature. While this issue might not bother most players, if you’re going to drop $20 or $42 on a race, you might be a little miffed if your character customizations don’t turn out quite as expected.

From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

Greetings Everyone,

We want to identify a problem that some players might encounter when customizing your new Aerakyns. The Aerakyn have a VERY broad color palette for hair shaders, which makes for some unique combinations. We use the exact same shader system we use for SOGA model hair with the Aerakyn but with more contrasting options.
The issue is this: If your character uses a torch in game, the hair base/highlight options you use at character select – where there is no torch – will create vastly different looking hair in game if your character IS using the torch options in game.

Last Day for Altar of Malice Beta Testing Rewards

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

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Today is the last day to run the Altar of Malice solo quest lines, heroic zones, or do the tradeskill questline and get rewards for your live characters.

You Beta Believe These Rewards are Awesome

From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

The Beta server will be coming down tomorrow morning with the game update. It will not be coming back online after tomorrow’s All-Access launch of Altar of Malice.

Altar of Malice Goes Live Tomorrow Noonish

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News

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From EQ2 Senior Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale‘s twitter:

 

Presumably this means we’ll be able to buy the Altar of Malice expansion around the same time servers come up, but possibly ambiguously sooner.

Heroes Festival Being Kept Going, Permanent Fix Tuesday

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Game Updates & Maintenance, Live Events

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At SOE Live this year, we found out that of all the internal test servers that the EQ2 team uses to build content, none of them behaves quite like the Live or production servers. EverQuest II’s 10th annivesary is being celebrated with the return of the Heroes’ Festival event and although we understand the event was extensively tested internally, things just did not work as planned when the event was pushed to the live servers.

To force the event to run properly, members of the EQ2 team and Customer Service have been empowered to manually start up these events and spawn the vendor Roslyn through the weekend until a proper fix can be rolled out on Tuesday.

A Well-Received Event

So far these puppet/patchwork events have been a lot of fun and received positive feedback. Even though they are raid mobs, in actual practice they work like Public Quests in that anyone of any level can participate in the fight. As long as you get the buff on you from fighting them (you need to stand rather close to them), you should get credit.

Don’t worry, they don’t actually do any damage. There are zonewide notifications several minutes before they spawn. Specific details of the event can be found on EQ2 ZAM. Note that if you are a low level character, you can still reach Baelon in the Eidolon Jungle. Travel to the Feerrott and then take the nearest teleporter to the Fearcreep.

Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Ssraeshza

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From Akil “Lyndro” Hooper on the EQ2 Forums:

For centuries, Ssraeshza, the last bastion of the Shissar, loomed forebodingly over the gray plains of the moon, Luclin. During The Shattering, Ssraeshza was among the chunks of Luclin that rained down on Norrath. The temple landed inverted within the Phantom Sea, where it formed the island known as Grim Shales. The shattered walls of the temple created a terrible landscape, treacherous to even the hardiest of explorers.

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Though the great temple sits in near ruin, a dark force has begun its reconstruction. The Akheva and their subjugated Grimlings have been silently restoring the temple’s focal power, venturing out into the Shattered Seas to procure the necessary components. What mysterious designs do they have for our world? Can they be stopped before their shadow stretches over all of Norrath?

Celebrate Ten Years of EverQuest II at the Heroes’ Festival

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Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the release of EverQuest II. To celebrate this, the annual Heroes’ Festival returns with some new events, specifically five open raid encounters which anyone can participate in and earn credit (like a Public Quest, you do not need to be grouped or even the right level to get credit).

UPDATE:  The Heroes Festival did not appear on Test or Beta, and so players are reporting a number of issues, specifically that the camps have despawned and vendors are unavailable.

UPDATE #2: According to a dev update, the mobs have been respawned, but there is no assurance that the quest will keep running all weekend.

View the “The Play’s The Thing” Heroes Quest writeup at EQ2 ZAM!

Here’s the original article from Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

By: Racheal Afista McKenny

This year’s Heroes’ Festival is extremely special because Norrathians will be celebrating ten wonderful years of questing, raiding, tradeskilling, house decorating, and socializing in EverQuest II!

Travel to the cities of Qeynos or Freeport for the joyous festivities. Be prepared to join the fun, because the Heroes’ Festival starts on Friday, November 7 and runs through Monday, November 17, 2014.

EverQuest II: Walking through making a quest!

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Ever wondered what goes into making a quest in EverQuest II?

Emily “Domino” Taylor walks through the steps of planning and creating a new tradeskill quest in this Twitch highlight video. Note that this is an unofficial video done with permission of SOE and is all shown with Google Docs and in-game, not using the development tools like Designer Dashboard, etc.

EverQuest II Altar of Malice Zone Previews – The Tranquil Sea & Brokenskull Bay

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

EQ/EQ2 Community Manager Ry “Roshen” Schueller interviews designers Jeffery “Extemper” Bard and Carlos “Gninja” Mora as they give us a sneak peek of the stunning The Tranquil Sea and elaborate Brokenskull Bay, two new zones in the upcoming Altar of Malice expansion releasing next Tuesday for All Access members and November 25th for everyone else.

The Tranquil Sea is the first overland zone players encounter in the Altar of Malice, and contains the Isle of Refuge, Alla’thoa, and much much more. Brokenskull Bay is a swashbuckling instance styled after Tortuga and will be available in a few different heroic versions, an advanced solo adventure, plus a level 96-100 Contested zone to help players who wish to level up through wanton slaughter.

Feel the Wind Beneath Your Wings with the Aerakyn Player Race

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Yesterday, two Press sites posted their articles about the upcoming Aerakyn race. At 8:00pm, the official news dropped on the EQ2 Forums:

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Are you ready to start an adventure with a unique new player race? Get ready, because Aerakyns will soon be available for you to customize and start your journeys! Players will be able to purchase the new Aerakyn race from the EverQuest II Marketplace beginning November 11, 2014. Want to learn more about the Aerakyns? Well, we’ve got the information ready for you!

The Aerakyns were once the unwilling soldiers of the great Prismatic Dragon, Kerafyrm. Now free from his thrall, but unable to return to their homelands, they seek to re-establish their culture in Norrath. Since the Aerakyns were used as shock troops by Kerafyrm throughout Age’s End, they are looked upon suspiciously by most Norrathians. Despite the general prejudice against them, the Aerakyns are a neutral race of seasoned warriors who are determined to prove their worth. Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics that really make the Aerakyns stand out from other Norrathian races!

EQ2 Team Working to Make Sure New Altar of Malice Zones Don’t Zonk Older PCs

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We are now seven months past the “End of Life” date for Windows XP, but you wouldn’t know it from the number of players reporting issues with the Altar of Malice beta. While the crashes being reported are far from exclusive to any particular version of Windows, it’s a little frightening how many EQ2 players are still running a version of Windows which is not receiving any type of security updates and which is limited to just 3GB of memory (with a scant 2GB of that being made available to EQ2).

No game developer wants to release an expansion that renders obsolete the computers of paying customers. However through financial hardship, lack of technical know-how, or just plain inertia, some EQ2 players have been left behind on positively prehistoric versions of Windows on what are frequently perfectly good computers more than capable of running Windows 7 (which, from a user experience, is almost identical to Windows XP). Worse, these players get a degraded experience as nothing cripples a fast CPU, motherboard, and video card like a 12 year old operating system.

All this said, the EQ2 team are working hard to make sure that the beautiful new Tranquil and Phantom Sea zones work just as well on people’s computers as all the existing parts of Norrath. EQ2 Senior Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale took to the forums to assure players that support is a top priority:

EQ2 ZAM Interviews Lyndro, Windstalker About New Aerakyn Race

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ZAM Managing Editor Cyliena recently interviewed EQ/EQ2 Creative Director Akil “Lyndro” Hooper and Holly “Windstalker” Longdale about the new Aerakyn race which will be available for purchase on November 11, 2014. She got the inside scoop and plenty of details about the new race and the different pricing tiers which will be available.

As previously announced, the Aerakyn race will not be included in either the Standard or Collector’s Editions of the Altar of Malice expansions, but is instead being sold as a a standalone item. From the EQ2 ZAM article:

Aerakyn will be available on the Marketplace [on November 11, 2014] through several purchasing options. They are:

  • 2000SC – Aerakyn: The Aerakyn have vestigial wings, but are of a lower caste and can’t use their wings for travel. Includes 4 appearance wing types that unlock upon reaching Adventure or Tradeskill level milestones. The Aerakyn will use wing attacks when unarmed.
  • 4200SC – Noble Aerakyn: The Noble Aerakyn is set apart. With its wings offering benefits as you achieve them by reaching Adventure and Tradeskill level milestones. Includes 4 wing mounts unlocked at level milestones and include run speed, leaping, gliding, and flying. They also have an appearance weapon that allows them to use their wing attacks while wielding weapons.
  • 2200SC – Upgrade to Noble Aerakyn. This upgrade adds the ability to earn the 4 mounts on leveling and includes the appearance weapon.
  • 4800SC: Discounted Noble Aerakyn Bundle with Character Slot
  • 7700SC: Discounted Noble Bundle that includes a Heroic Character Bauble AND character slot

Continue reading “The Aerakyn Are Coming” at EQ2 ZAM
to read the interview with Akil and Holly.

Massively also covered this news in their report here: EverQuest II’s Aerakyn race is spreading its wings November 11th

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Isle of Refuge Prestige Home — 11 Year Veteran Reward…or StationCash

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Tomorrow, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of EverQuest II, the 11-year Veteran Reward will become available to all EQ2 players who have been around since day one. Why 11 years? The first four expansions (Desert of Flames, Kingdom of Sky, Echoes of Faydwer, and Rise of Kunark) each granted 90 days of bonus time, so add it up, and you get 11-year Veteran Rewards for a 10 year old game!

From Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

It’s been ten years since some adventurers first came ashore on the Isle of Refuge. For some, there’s nothing more memorable than the first time they set foot on the pristine beach while seeking refuge from the turbulent seas. The island was a place of new beginnings, where allegiances formed and adventurers learned skills that would help them survive in these new lands. Well, now it’s time for adventurers to return home where their journeys all began. On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the Isle of Refuge Prestige Home will be available and adventurers will be able to have their very own private piece of history!

Update Notes: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. Estimated downtime is 2 hours. It will include additional Database Maintenance.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. (Aprox. 3:00PM London Time on 11/04/2014). Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

Time Zone Conversions

  • PST: Nov 4 @ 7:00am ~ 9:00am
  • EST: Nov 4 @ 10:00am ~ Noon
  • GMT: Nov 4 @ 15:00 ~ 17:00
  • CET: Nov 4 @ 16:00 ~ 18:00

Here are the patch notes from the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • 11-Year Veteran Reward is now available! [Ed Note: See related article about the Isle of Refuge house posted today]
  • Heroes’ Festival starts November 7th.
  • Fixed a rare issue where Guild achievement data could become corrupt.

As to why the Heroes’ Festival didn’t go to the Test or Beta servers, Kaitheel posted his comments on that subject.

Altar of Malice Zone Preview: Ossuary of Malevolence

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From Akil “Lyndro” Hooper on the EQ2 Forums:

Deep within Kithicor, the Primordial Malice, resides a cult devoted to the Demigoddess Lanys T’Vyl. As a show of dedication to their fallen matriarch, members of the Primordial Malice worship the state of undeath. They desecrate their bodies with bone piercings and intricate tattoos, flaying their skin to the muscle, in an attempt to ride the line between life and death. The Ossuary of Malevolence is the pinnacle of that devotion.

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The Ossuary of Malevolence is a massive cathedral built with bones as brick and mortar, constructed to harness and focus the power of necromancy. Members of the Primordial Malice use their temple for dark rites. Lately the power of their magic has increased as they build to complete some new ceremony.

Massively: Sneaking a Peek at EQII’s Altar of Malice with SOE

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Not sure how we missed this, but Massively posted their sneak preview of the Altar of Malice expansion on October 14th.

From MJ Guthrie on Massively.com:

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When EverQuest II’s next expansion, Altar of Malice, was announced at SOE Live in August, we heard about upcoming features, perused concept drawings, and even saw some screenshots. As exciting as all that can be, nothing compares to actually getting in the game and seeing the living breathing world of Norrath. And that’s exactly what I got to do last week on a tour with Senior​ Producer Holly Longdale and Creative Director Akil Hooper.

While we have to wait a bit longer to hear more about the Aerakyn (the new winged dragonkind race) and what special goodies will be included in the collector’s edition, the tour of the zones allowed me to bask in the beauty of the artwork while weaving through dinosaurs, pygmies, and my favorite-yet-long-lost starting zone. And it definitely made me even more excited for the upcoming release of Altar of Malice!

Check out the extensively detailed article (with tons of screenshots) at Massively.com!

Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition Mount To Get Stats

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Sales/Marketing set a price of $90 for the Altar of Malice Collector’s Edition which has led to some concerns. So the EQ2 team — now currently between a rock-and-a-hard-place — are trying to make lemonade by adding some stats to the Pterodon mount which will ship with the Collector’s Edition. Here are the stats as per Afista on the EQ2 Forums:

Striped Savage Pterodon Mount
Each level 85 character on your account will be eligible to use this flying mount which grants 100% ground speed and 150% flying speed. At level 95 this mount will give its rider the following benefits:
+20% Crit Bonus
+20% Potency
+115 Crit Chance
+3000 Power
+10,000 Max Health
+3000 vs. arcane, noxious, and elemental damage

Just for comparison’s sake, here is the 300,000,000 status mount added just prior to SOE Live– Alberich the Wise. You can see the stats are roughly comparable:

Alberich the Wise
• Increases Crit Bonus of caster by 17.2%
• Increases Potency of caster by 17.2%
• Increases Crit Chance of caster by 120.0
• Increases Max Power of caster by 5,500.0
• Increases Max Health of caster by 17,500.0
• Increases Ability Modifier of caster by 10,000.0
• Increases your ground speed by 75%
• Increases your air speed by 150%

Update Note: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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From the EQ2 Forums:

US EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

EU EverQuest II Live Servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT. (Aprox. 2:00PM London Time on 10/28/2014). Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

Two hour downtimes are atypical, as is patching the European servers at the same time as the US ones, yet only a single update note was provided on the EQ2 Forums:

GENERAL

  • Beta mounts* should no longer spam a failure when zoning if you are below level 95.

UPDATE from Afista:

The longer estimated downtime for the update will include additional database maintenance.

*These are special mounts you can get on live for Beta testing Altar of Malice in either grouping/raiding, solo questing, or doing tradeskills.

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