Producer’s Letter: May/June News!

Written by Caela on . Posted in EQ2, Expansion News, Game Updates & Maintenance, PvP/BG/Proving Grounds

Holly “Windstalker” Longdale has posted a new Producer’s Letter which can be found on the EQ2 Forums

Highlights include:

  • New Matchmaking Code for Battlegrounds
  • New PVP Warzone
  • Converting old currencies
  • House NPCs
  • New Loyalty items
  • New Deathtoll Fabled Dungeon
  • Status Merchant Revamp
  • June Promo – Gear Up, Level Up

Here’s the letter…

Dearest Norrathians,

We’re working to bring you a lot more information about what we’re doing, why, and when. To that end, here’s a quick overview on what we’ve done recently and what’s coming soon!

As a quick recap of our larger content releases in April and May so far, we launched:

  • High Keep Contested dungeon
  • High Keep Guild Halls
  • Temple of Veeshan raid zone
  • Ethereal/Artifact items (in Tears of Veeshan mission crates for a couple of months)

Matchmaking Code

While we are releasing weekly updates, we remain committed to bug fixes, like our matchmaking code.

The matchmaking code we use in Battlegrounds and Dungeon Finder has undergone a lot of investigation and fixes. We are hoping to have it on Beta soon and will ask for your help to test it. This remains one of our highest priorities until it’s fixed. Solo matches seem to be working well, but grouping is having some issues so our engineers are rewriting code.

The second piece of this is Dungeon Finder 2.0. The design team is currently re-evaluating the original design and we’ll move forward on that once the foundation of the matchmaking code is stable and fixed.

What’s Coming Soon?

Below is a list of what the team plans to release in the next couple of months. This is the order they will go live starting next week, but they are subject to change on the off-chance we come upon some hurdles in testing/implementation.

  1. Convert older currencies into transmuting components and other useful goodies.
  2. New Tunaria PvP Warzone available to all servers through Champion’s Respite.
  3. Over 100 new Loyalty items for All Access members that will be easy to find and purchase! We are making it much easier to spend your Loyalty tokens by using the Marketplace interface.
  4. NPCs for Decorators that you can place and dress. If you wanted to have yourself a Dark Elf Attendants theme, you can do that. Or Dwarf guards. Or Gnomish party guests…it’s up to you! We’re working on this system now which will function much like mannequins.
  5. Fabled Deathtoll dungeon zone will include a ton of bosses with loot you can throw yourselves at…and it will be great loot! And if you can’t use the loot, you can salvage it to create something you can use. All Access will get exclusive access for a period of time.
  6. New Status Items/Status Merchant revamp. The team wants to get back into supporting status with cool stuff for you to spend it on.

Expansion Pack

While all this work goes on, the team is continuing their hard work on the expansion pack for this year. The artwork is outstanding and so is the content! We are working on a variety of themes again, one of them we have hinted at with dinosaur-like creatures. But that’s just one of many. Our new Terrain Tool has been incredible for creating really amazing areas which we’ll be showing you before too long!

Gear Up, Level Up (June promotional program)

In our livestream in early May, we announced that this year’s expansion will increase the level cap to 100. In light of the announcement, we wanted to do something to help you gear up and level up your characters! The team came up with some bonuses for the month of June (at least). Here’s how the “Gear Up, Level Up” bonuses are looking right now:

All Access members will receive the following bonuses and discounts:

  • Double-Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (4x the rewards)!
  • 25% XP Bonus
  • Expansion discount (still working on the details for this)
  • 25% Off Heroic Characters

Free players also get some bonuses. They receive:

  • Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (2x the rewards)!
  • Also eligible for an expansion discount.

And finally…

We are also really looking forward to SOE Live in August. Until then, though, we hope to see you in game! Keep an eye on our Community Manager, Luperza, too, as she’s coming up with some new ways to keep you informed and get you involved in this great game of ours!

To stay in the loop, follow me on Twitter @windstalkereq2, and our official channel @everquestii. Don’t forget to follow us on www.twitch.tv/everquest2 and see our next EverQuest II Insider on June 4.

Best wishes and happy days!

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Comments (12)

  • Miragain

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    Why do I get the feeling that etyma won’t be used after the next expansion?

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    • Feldon

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      Etmya is a level 95 token. Expac is level 100.

      Reply

  • Carnifex

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    Sooooo…..more etymas to add to the 14k I already have, and still no chance whatsoever to get a Sparkling Gem. Thanks.

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    • Benj

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      Honestly, I’d rather have the Etyma. Finding the Fabled armor that uses sparkling gems is difficult. Much easier for me to grind out the Weekly missions and ToV Heroics.

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      • Blacktop

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        But i bet Carnifex is willing to spend 2.5k etymas for a sparkling gem. 🙂

        problem is, dont have anything to spend it on

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  • Cuteypie of Permafrost

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    And of course, with good news comes those who complain about everything… as much as I respect everyone’s frustrations, please… it gets old when everyone is whining that something they want is too hard to get. It’s an upgrade for a reason, folks.

    I for one am excited about the House NPCs a d the expack discount, even if it will probably be less because I’m Silver.
    Try to be optimistic, people.

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  • griffonlady

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    I’m excited about the house NPCs too. XD I wonder if they will have chat text options?

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  • Carnifex

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    I’d pay 5k etymas for a Sparkling Gem. Without hesitation.

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  • gandolph

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    14k etyma’s? you should be spending them on upgrading foods and acquiring scrolls to make yourself more powerful!! for shame… : )

    Reply

  • Jolemai

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    Link to this post is broken.

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    • Caela

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      Fixed! Sorry about that.

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  • Hoot

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    You know, there’s plenty of things to be upset or annoyed with when it comes to the development team and EQ2, but this isn’t one of them. This is really refreshing news. The fact that after almost 5 years, we’re finally seeing a new tier after being stuck in 90-95 since the beginning of 2010.

    Reply

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