I’m a bit late on this as the bug has already been fixed, but I wanted to get this out there just the same.
Shortly before the introduction of Heroic characters, a few players noticed that Experience gained from the contested zones of Skyshrine and Kael Drakkel had dropped by as much as 90%. Conspiracy theories abounded that the EQ2 team was secretly reducing XP rates for these zones to
prevent discourage grinding of Heroic characters to 95.
However I knew that this was not an intentional change. How? At past SOE Lives, I’ve informally asked for the EQ2 team’s viewpoint on the different ways that players level in EQ2. This answer has changed over the years and, in my opinion, for the better. With our current lead designer (Kander) we just haven’t seen the type of sweeping XP changes like we did in the past. If players wish to group, raid, or solo their way through 320 AAs and 95 levels, that’s their prerogative. It’s a refreshing viewpoint after all the XP reductions that happened to the once-popular The Hole.
RadarX stepped in to indicate that this was not an intentional change:
As a policy we generally don’t comment on rumors but this one has been going for about a week now. There have been no changes made to Kael or Skyshrine experience. There is no way we could “sneak” such a change by you guys, because you’d notice, so there would be no benefit to not announcing it.