There has been some news coming out of Daybreak since the layoffs announced last Friday. I do not have a huge amount to say about any of them at this time, which makes them all perfect for another Friday Bullet Points post.
- Holly Longdale on the The EverQuest Show
The EverQuest Show finally posted their previously teased interview with EverQuest and EverQuest II Executive Producer Holly Longdale.
For those not interesting in watching the 23 minute long interview, the EverQuest Show has also kindly posted a transcript on their site.
While Bhagpuss has a deeper look at the interview, things that popped out for me were:
- EverQuest population is currently half on live servers, half on retro servers
- Expects EverQuest to be around at least for another decade
- The size of character database entries is a limiting factor
- There will be another Norrath title some day
There is more in there, especially about the passion of the team, but that is what stuck in my brain and made nice bullet points.
- Torment of Velious
The EverQuest team announced the next expansion for the game, Torment of Velious.
The producer’s letter that contained the new describes some of what we can expect from the expansion including:
- Level cap raised from 110 to 115
- 6 new zones
- All the usual more quests, more raids stuff
Pre-orders will go live this coming Wednesday and there will be the usual array of collector’s edition goodies. Beta for it is coming up soon and a December launch is expected.
- Miragul Server
Also in the above linked producer’s letter it was announced that there would be a new progression server launched on November 5th to help celebrate the rapidly approaching EverQuest II 15th anniversary. Named Miragul after the lich of Everfrost, it will start players at level 85 in the House of Thule expansion.
- Blood of Luclin
There was also an EverQuest II producer’s letter which also announced the next expansion for that game, Blood of Luclin.
No expansion splash screen yet.
As with the EverQuest expansion it features some of the same expected items:
- Level cap raised from 110 to 120
- All the usual more zone, quests, more raids stuff
Not a lot of details there.
Pre-orders for Blood of Luclin will go live on November 5 with, as expected, plenty of collector’s edition goodies for those willing to spend the extra cash. The expansion is slated for a December launch, with a beta period coming up.
- Rivervale Server
As with EverQuest, the EverQuest II team is also launching a special server. The Rivervale server will have no locked content and will allow players to start a level 90 heroic equipped character if they so desire. It basically sounds like a fresh live server that requires a subscription. Not that it is a bad idea. Some people like fresh servers and not everybody likes the timed content unlocks. No word on exp rate or other details.
- Anniversary Events
As noted, next month sees the 15th anniversary of the launch of EverQuest II. The producer’s letter also mentioned that special anniversary events will kick off on November 7th.
As with the interview on The EverQuest Show, Bhagpuss has also has a post about what we know about the expansions, servers, and events so far.
- EverQuest II Custom UI Outage
No all is peaches and cream in Norrath. They grim reaper of the layoff may have passed them over, but problems still lurk. In an effort to track down a server lag problem that has been plaguing the game, all custom UI addons, including the ubiquitous EQ2maps, will be turned off this coming Tuesday, October 22.
The outage is not permanent, but how long it lasts depends on how quickly any problem is found. It is hoped the outage can be turned off as early as Friday, but it will remain in place as long as it is needed to debug the problem.
Details and compensation are in a forum post.
And so it goes in Norrath. More information on most of the above will likely be arriving soon.