Update: Since the change over to Daybreak Gaming Company, the server status page is now here.
I have long complained that what passes for server status pages for SOE games like EverQuest and EverQuest II have often displayed information with little relationship to reality.
This is something that seems so easy, and which competitors like Blizzard have done so well, that I have boggled at SOE’s half-assed approach to the problem. I swear at one point the EQ status page was static HTML that somebody just updated manually… when they had the time.
Now though, that might finally be at an end.
SOE has launched their new unified server status page.
The page is a huge step forward.
Granted, it still needs some work.
Currently it only displays the status for EverQuest II, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, and DC Universe Online. I suppose the Vanguard servers are touched so infrequently that assuming they are up is safe.
And the region data column seems to be only partially populated. Test might pass for a region I suppose, but where is “live?”
And the sorting of the servers is obviously based on some database key not visible in the display. Alphabetical sorting by server name would be appreciated.
But otherwise, SOE seems to going in the right direction with this. I will have to check back on patch day and see if status and reality actually align now for SOE.
It is interesting to see that of the EQ servers, only Fippy Darkpaw and Antonius Bayle are running at a load level other than “low.”
SOE seems to be continuing work on the page. They have now added more games and tinkered with the information displayed, including the freshness of any given status.
Logical sorting patterns still seem to elude them, but you cannot have everything I suppose.