Game Update 56, or least major chunks of it have been pushed to the Test Server. Already, I and other players have noted that certain textures are missing (especially with Shaders 3.0 enabled), and all housing is currently unavailable (making it impossible to take a peek inside the 2, 4, and 6 bedroom New Halas housing.
But what may be more interesting is not what files are missing, but what files are unexpected. Because the Live and Test Servers are just another development branch of EQ2, inevitably, some Expansion and future Game Update/Live Event files get tagged and download to our computers.
Close examination of these files have revealed some tantalizing peaks into the next expansion, as well as a preamble event.
* MAJOR SPOILER ALERT * MAJOR SPOILER ALERT *
If you don’t like spoilers about the next Expansion, then don’t read further.
After the Order of Rime quest series was added, the near-unanimous belief was that the expansion after The Shadow Odyssey would in fact be Velious. Many players were shocked when it turned out to be Odus (not to mention the 3 month tardy release date).
Some of the quests within the New Halas starting area make substantial mention of Velious and the Coldain.
But it is these stray files, as reported by Vulkoor Z’Torien of Antonia Bayle, that prove most interesting:
The Othmir are an otter-like humanoid race.
From this, one can conclude that travel to Velious will take place through the revamped Druid Ring system, and a preamble event will involve rebuilding at least these 4 druid rings.
Please be aware that this is all speculation based on unexpected files in the Test Update package.
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