Yesterday would have been the usual date when I write something about another EverQuest II anniversary, for it was on November 13th 2004 that I signed on to play for the first time. Roll stock footage of the early days.
Some years I make a big deal out of this. Last year, at the fifteenth anniversary, I wrote a long tale of the game. This year I was just going to log in and write a little something about the passing of another year. However, Daybreak is having an outage. If your client isn’t up to date, and they have pushed new content since I last logged in, you are out of luck.
This apparently applies to all of their titles, EverQuest gives me the same error, and has been going on for a few days now. This seems like a critical issue, but Daybreak has fallen back into their usual bad habit of being uncommunicative. Feldon of EQ2 Wire fame has been keeping an eye on this:
Daybreak has since banned him from the forums for poking at this issue as it drags on. The company line is that they are helpless to do anything until their CDN provider fixes the issue.
For me this isn’t a huge deal. I only wanted to peek in on yet another anniversary and see what was up, look at my characters, and poke around a bit. I’m already invested in WoW retail and WoW Classic along with EVE Online at the moment, so my bandwidth for another game is limited. But, you never know. Last year I didn’t plan to play and ended up subscribing and playing for a few months.
Of course, for Daybreak this should be a big deal. They are in the midst of their ramp up to their latest expansion. They want people coming back to the game. The pre-orders are available, the pre-launch events are starting, people should be coming back to the game.
Except, of course, some people cannot currently.
So I’ll just note the anniversary without logging in. I hope they get their act together soon… at least on the patching issue. As an overall wish for the company that is probably too much to ask.
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Addendum: After I wrote this Daybreak made some progress on the issue, the PlanetSide 2 team being the only one to broadcast it, though I still could not get logged in They let you bypass the launcher patching, but then it fails on the in-game patching service, so the game is still unplayable, at least for me.
Also dug up was the fact that Daybreak is still using the Sony domain for some of its services more than five years after they were split from the company.