Daybreak gave us our first update since the January Producer’s Letter for EverQuest II late yesterday afternoon.
Why does Daybreak think after 4pm Pacific Time is a good time for news? That is when you announce things or publish press releases you want people to miss. Must be a habit from the bad news days.
Anyway, the update was about the coming Nagafen PvP server.
The beta for the server will start this coming Tuesday, February 5th and will be open to all accounts. And if this is your thing, you’d better find some time to give it a shot. Remember what they said in the Producer’s Letter?
If it gets a good following in Beta, we’ll look to launching it live!
The implication is that if you blow this off it will go away… like every past EverQuest II PvP server.
If and when it does go live… though honestly I imagine it is on a trajectory to go live no matter what the Producer’s Letter said… so I guess disregard that last paragraph, Daybreak will probably push this puppy out on optimism alone… you will need to sign on the dotted line for a Daybreak All Access subscription. No freeps will be admitted.
Other details announced:
- Nagafen is a seasonal, free-for-all PvP server.
- Nagafen is a Free-Trade server, where most items are tradeable.
- In-game scoreboards will keep track of the top killers.
- Only one character is allowed per account.
- Stats will be customized and updated for PvP and balance.
- Channelers and Beastlords will not be available for this season of PvP.
- Spell research will not be available on Nagafen.
- Familiars will not be available on Nagafen.
- Experience potions will not be available on Nagafen.
Free-for-all means no factions. No need to kill people from the other side of Norrath, you can kill your pals from your home city instead.
They will be doing seasons, which I guess will mean a wipe every so often so everybody can start fresh yet again. No word on battle royale matches yet.
The stats thing is the bit that always grinds my gears. History seems to show that you can balance for PvE or you can balance for PvP, but if you try to do both it becomes a disaster so the old SOE solution was to give nearly every piece of gear and every skill or spell both PvE and PvP stats. For Nagefen they say they have redone the stats and itemization so that it will work for both PvE and PvP, but past experience colors me dubious on that. We shall see.
Additional follow ups from the announcement include the fact that the cash shop will be pretty bare. Bags, mounts, and whatever counts as expendables… but not experience potions, as noted above. And things will be tilted so that PvP will be rewarding if you want to level up. We’ll see how far people want to level. As noted, in the old days people level locked around 19 to steer clear of PvP breaking skills.
So another EverQuest II PvP experiment is set to take flight. I am not rooting against it, I just sound pessimistic based on how this sort of thing has played out in the past.