Linda “Brasse” Carlson is starting out with the sponsors and and then about GameBreaker.tv’s live cast of the event. Vivox is also broadcasting the event in-game.
Talking about the panels tomorrow including Dev War Stories, also tomorrow night’s Pool Party. Introducing Backstage Bloggers using Bloggie cameras. Showing pictures of Guides in different SOE games.
SOE President John Smedley coming to the stage… Prepare for big announcements…
Personal Apology: Back in April, we were hacked, victims of a very bad cyberattack not only on our network but on our sister company networks.
It was a very deeply troubling incident for those of us at SOE. We did not rest. We brought in the best cybersecurity professionals in the world. We take this very seriously. We are going to ensure this never happens again.
Introducing Vasco Data Security key fobs for every SOE game including EverQuest II. Every Fan Faire attendee gets a key security fob.
Slide: SOE is transforming the way people play games online.
Showing the past 10 years of games. EverQuest, Planetside, Star Wars Galaxies, EverQuest II, FreeRealms, Clone Wars Adventures, DC Universe Online.
Showing a new trailer for DC Universe.
Clone Wars Adventures & tie-ins with the TV show, updating the game every week to match story lines with the episodes.
Showing a trailer for Clone Wars Adventures.
Slide: We believe everyone is a gamer at heart…
Talking about FreeRealms.
Executive Producer of EverQuest Franchise Dave Georgeson is coming up to make announcements about EverQuest and EverQuest II.
Original EverQuest: Veil of Alaris expansion. New continent, 12 new zones, New guild halls, level cap to 95, Hotbar revamp. November 2011.
EverQuest II: Age of Discovery
* Tradeskill Apprentices — new crafting class, uses a new table and can make new kinds of items
* Reforging items — Changing stats around, customizing items; not a tradeskill class but everyone can be one
* Increased AA limit
* Mercenaries — NPC players to help fill out a group (more info in tomorrow’s panel)
* Beastlord — 25th class
* Build your own dungeon system
* Freeport revamp
* EverQuest II: Age of Discovery — November 2011
Free expansions of EQ and EQ2 for all Fan Faire attendees.
John Smedley back to the stage to talk about new things.
Forge Light MMO Engine
* Being used to build PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest Next.
* Massively seamless worlds — NO ZONES
* Real-time Radiosity
* Designed to Scale to newer computers
* Advanced atmospheric scattering
* Volumetric fog
* Advanced ambient occlusion — objects shadowing each other
* Complex shaders
* Advanced environmental lighting
* Real-time physics system with nVIDIA PhysX
* Partnered with nVidia
Showing screenshot of EverQuest Next. Incredibly detailed male face.
Calling Brian Harvey from NVIDIA to the stage. SOE’s partnership with nVidia.
John Smedley talking about PlanetSide. Introducing PlanetSide 2. Showing the trailer for PlanetSide 2. Very few people inside SOE had seen the trailer until tonight. Bringing Matt Higby, Creative Director of PlanetSide 2 to the stage.
We’re hoping to blow the roof off the FPSMMO market. The Forge Light engine really made the difference in developing it. Very familiar to PlanetSide players.
Going into details about PlanetSide 2 class and itemization systems.
John Smedley coming back to the stage, showing the PlanetSide 2 trailer again.
Talking about SOE All Access pass. $14.99/month if you pay a year in advance.
We have a lot more coming.
Linda “Brasse” Carlson coming to the stage. Dressed as a dwarf of course, but with a light saber. 🙂
Talking about Star Wars Galaxies.
It breaks the heart of everyone at SOE that this world has to come to an end. It was felt throughout the company when the announcement was made. The admiration and feeling we have for the players is strong. 2003-2011 wasn’t long enough for me, but it is a long time for an MMO.
Showing a video made by the SWG developers.
EQ2Wire Exclusive: It is unfortunate that LucasArts wanted to terminate the contract not only on Star Wars Galaxies but SWG The Card Game to avoid any confusion with SW:TOR by BioWare. And this is not supposition, it’s confirmed by 2 sources in the industry. SOE didn’t want to end the game.
I hope that you will join us in the last few months of Star Wars Galaxies. We have many events planned. Be with us and share the dream for the rest of the year.
Talking about various events back in the Grand Ballroom including various games, Karaoke, etc. Live Podcast.
GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE
8:24pm — Thank you for tuning into the live broadcast of the SOE Fan Faire Welcome Reception and reading the Live Blog here at EQ2Wire.
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