Check another one off of the EverQuest II roadmap that Daybreak gave us back in January, as the Varsoon time locked expansion server they promised for May is arriving today.
Such servers are no longer anything new for EQ or EQII, but the team does continue to refine the formula with each launch. This time around expansion unlocks will be on a 16 week timer, save for Desert of Flames, which is only worthy of 12 weeks. That means you have 16 weeks to play through the content with the main lump of players who start today in order to experience the old content as it was meant to be, with that aforementioned lump of players all in the same expansion and zones.
They have posted a FAQ in the forums about the server. One of the key items is that you need to be a Daybreak All Access subscriber in order to join in. Special servers are for subscribers only.
Other tidbits from the FAQ:
What’s Happening on Varsoon?
Varsoon is a Time-Locked Expansion (TLE) server where expansions unlock automatically. This server will be very similar to the Kaladim TLE except that Varsoon will also be a Free-Trade server. Which means items that are normally heirloom, will be able to be traded with other players.
Return of the Hoods
The hoods and villages will be open for Varsoon, like Big Bend, Longshadow Alley, the Baubleshire and Nettleville. Quest content in these villages will remain changed, but the hoods themselves will be there to access and reminisce.
Q: Will the Overseer System be available on Varsoon TLE server?
A: Yes! The Overseer System will be available on the Varsoon TLE server.
That latter is interesting. It isn’t so much that the feature is completely out of bound for most of life of the game so far. It is more a matter of wondering how they will itemize the rewards. They can barely be bothered to update the reward system for the Overseer feature on the live servers, so you end up with stuff a couple of expansions out of date. I assume they have done some work for this server, but will it change every 16 weeks or just muddle along in some semi-useful state?
In addition, Daybreak has also announced the Summer Jubilee, which will run from June 2nd until August 24th, and which will be an umbrella event that covers Tinkerfest, the Scorched Sky Celebration, and the Oceansfull Festival.
- Tinkerfest — June 2, 2022 to June 15, 2022
- Scorched Sky Celebration — June 30, 2022 to July 13, 2022
- Oceansfull Festival — August 11, 2022 to August 24, 2022
I mention this because special rules servers, including Varsoon, will get their own version of the event. Anyway, Bhagpuss has more to say about Jubilees than I do.
So, at some point today… I am sure the plan is noon Pacific time, but experience shows that later in the evening is more likely… the Varsoon server will unlock and the rush through the content will begin.