Heroic Characters: Mount Announced, More Details to Come

Written by Feldon on . Posted in EQ2

From Holly Windstalker Longdale‘s twitter:

 

What we know about Heroic Characters or Insta-85’s:

  • Create a Character at level 85
  • Free (not StationCash)
  • An AA profile will be pre-selected for the character
  • Hotbars will be pre-arranged/setup
  • Exclusive Class-Specific armor set
  • You will get a flying mount (as shown above)
  • This is primarily a Winback program to attract veteran players.

What we don’t know:

  • How many AAs you will start with.
  • If anyone can create a Heroic character, and how many can be created.

 

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Comments (35)

  • Silzin

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    my questions would be who is helping them set up the hotbars, and are they going to use an actual logical AA Point Spend. instead of 100/100/70/50 all in order

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    • Mermut

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      And if/when you can respec and redo your hotbars

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  • Tarb

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    Will they have epics completed?

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  • Pheep

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    I want to know if that mount will be heirloom….

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  • Amybelle

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    I want to know how many times the phrase, “More news/details/info to come!” has been followed by absolute silence.

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  • Greygore

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    I would rather level my alt to 85 myself, and then click something to insta-complete ER and insta-level to 90 😉

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  • Caela

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    If Heroic characters are not available to currently playing veterans, there will be hell to pay…

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    • Loch

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      We can all just cancel our accounts and be “won-back”. Sounds great to me!

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  • nefa

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    That does make me nervous “•If anyone can create a Heroic character”.
    Sort of reminds me of a magazine subscription renewals. They offer cheaper than dirt rates to new subscribers then triple the price the those that have been subscribers for years. Part of me really believes that SOE would reward current subscribers…. the other part of me is getting jaded.

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  • Taivr

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    IIRC, some of the Heroic armor was shown in EQ2Wire’s neat Art and Animation Panel video, would be nice if non-Heroic characters can get access to this stuff as it looks pretty cool.

    Of course that’s even assuming that current subscribers get access to any of this system and we’re not left out of the promotion like in every other ‘win back’ event they’ve done. Tempted to just unlock my main’s gear and let my sub run out so I can maybe make a Heroic alt…

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  • Gash

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    I thought they specifically said at SOE Live that these will be open for EVERYONE?

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  • Loch

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    It was stated that it would be available to everyone.

    I’m going to guess that it will be limited to one per account. Blizzard did something similar to this for their win-back program a year or so ago. But they only offered an instant level 80 to returning players who had previously held subscriptions. (And a mount for their friends who convinced them to return.)

    If they are definitely not going to sell them for station cash, I just can’t see them allowing an infinite number of these characters.

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  • Kruzzen

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    My curiosity is if you have all char slots filled will it give you another or would you have to pay to unlock it?

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  • Sievert

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    To get one you: An account can’t have been in active subscription in the last two cycles and the account can’t already have a toon at or over level 85.

    That’ll suck if that was the case huh?

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    • Feldon

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      To get one you: An account can’t have been in active subscription in the last two cycles and the account can’t already have a toon at or over level 85.

      That’ll suck if that was the case huh?

      That would be awful.

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  • a_shrubbery

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    I’m looking forward to it!

    As much as I love the game I don’ have the heart to start new characters from scratch, and I don’t like the idea of rushing through zones and being “PL”ed.

    I’ve taken my time and enjoyed much of the content, been there, done that. Even now on my 95 character I continue to visit old zones and do some older raids for achievements and completion.

    With Heroic Characters I can finally have one “alt” so I can also roll “alt loot” during raids, and I can enjoy again grouping up through Chains of Eternity and Skyshrine for a little while. I’m looking forward to group up from 90-95 and enjoy again the heroic dungeons while learning how to play my new class.

    So TLDR hopefully this means more incentive to enjoy late game content, as there is still plenty of groups starting with Skyshrine at 92.

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  • Vortix

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    Sievert, that kind of defeats the purpose of “Win Back” if they were required to have a sub for two cycles.

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    • Kruzzen

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      I think that was more a troll bait than anything. Lots of questions to still be answered at this point. At least at 85 they can group with all top tier and with adding DOV to the free players it opes up a lot to do. I will wait and see but I thought somewhere it has been mentioned it would be open to all players.

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    • Loch

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      He actually said the opposite. That you wouldn’t be able to get one unless you HADN’T been active for the last two billing cycles. (making it impossible for anyone except actual returning players to get one.)

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      • Feldon

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        Sievert’s statement runs counter to the statement that they will be open to all.

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        • Loch

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          Right. It’s speculation that will more than likely be way off base. I was just clarifying what he meant to Vortix.

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  • badcat

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    OK so what if you use like drums ui, or some other ui, will you still be able to use that character. What about changing the spec if you don’t like how it is specked out, and what about the myth click abilities do these characters have this. Lots of unanswered questions.

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    • Feldon

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      Them placing some hotbar buttons for you would not preclude you from using a custom UI. And as with any server-defined spec, you can ignore it and set your own. None of this stuff is forced, it’s just a default/preset that you can easily overwrite.

      As for myth clickies, I haven’t heard anything about your epic weapon being done for you. It kills me that people don’t want to run those quests. They’re soloable, and have good storyline about your class.

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      • Snowdarc

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        Yeah,would be kinda silly to have epic done. They were class defining,you’d still wanna do epic repercussions,and at 85,even with no friends,you could solo epic. By that time hopefully made a friend or 2 for ER.

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      • badcat

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        Lol I don’t mind running those, In fact all my level 95’s have their myth clickies, and most of those were done before er came along. I was just wondering what all would have been done.

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  • quaim

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    I agree with greygore…i dont even care about the leveling, doing the epics is wrong. After 16 er runs and cpuntless friends, the only thing holding me back from more toons is the epic and er.

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  • Tabri

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    I dont need anymore alts but would love to have that mount, if I create one of these things can I steal their armor and mount from them and delete them?

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  • Cloudrat

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    Guess I should start cancelling accounts now eh?

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  • Cloudrat

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    Oh and thanks from all the crafters!!

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    • Garni

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      So was anything said about crafting with these heroic characters? will they be level 85 crafters, or level 1?

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      • Feldon

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        So was anything said about crafting with these heroic characters? will they be level 85 crafters, or level 1?

        Kander said that at this time there are no plans for heroic crafters.

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  • striinger

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    The question about epics was asked at FF and it wasn’t decided yet, but the designers are leaning toward not giving them automatically. They did suggest automatically starting the quest for people and removing “grind” from the questlines (e.g. faction, rare drops). I figure ER will still be required too.

    At FF it still wasn’t set in stone.

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  • striinger

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    I expect them to be open to all. I am pretty certain they will NOT be giving away free slots for people with too many toons on an account, nor is it likely that the Channeler class will be available add a Heroic option.

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  • mike c

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    They already said at Live that the channeler would not be available for heroic class.

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  • Revekk

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    I still say there is no way they are going to do this without completely making spell upgrades and gear upgrades free instead of requiring unlockers. I predict those restrictions on f2p players will end and something like the gold rush buff will be a permanent thing for subs.

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