EverQuest II Producer's Letter: Lots to Come!

This morning, Holly "Windstalker" Longdale released a Producer's Letter titled "Lots to Come!" It details the All Access transition occuring next week, what benefits are available to EverQuest II subscribers and what content we can expect in the near future.


All Access Transition: SOE will be consolidating all games into a singular subscription model around April 23, 2014. Current subscriptions will be converted automatically. Those with special pricing should have their rates grandfathered, but please contact SOE Customer Support if you want to look more into the conversion. The entire FAQ for this transition is available here.

EQ2 Membership Benefits: Subscribers to EverQuest II receive the following benefits...

  • Base amount of 7 character slots
  • Permanent 15% coin loot and 10% mount speed
  • Permanent double alternate currencies
  • Member-only Loyalty Tokens
  • Unrestricted access to broker, chat channels, ability tiers and in-game mail
  • Early access to content and promotions: Receive access to new content, such as next week's Contested High Keep, before non-subscribers

Upcoming Content: Several things are lined up "for the weeks following April 23, 2014", including: a Prestige Guild Hall (seen here), new loyalty merchant items, the release of the Darklight Palace prestige home, a new Temple of Veeshan raid zone, the Tunaria Battleground and the conversion of old currencies, such as Obol and Void Shards, into Tinkering and Transmuting components. On deck next week is the release of Contested High Keep and the Bloody Shank HQ.


The entire Producer's Letter is available after the jump.

No EQII Patch This Week

According to an April 11th tweet by EverQuest II Senior Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale, there will be no weekly patch this week.

We are bundling High Keep Contested & Bloody Shank heritage quest for the 23rd update. No hotfix next week, but a major leap ahead...

Hopefully this also means no maintenance downtime this week!

SOE All-Access Program Update

Today Linda "Brasse" Carlson, Director of Global Community Relations at Sony Online Entertainment, updated the SOE All Access FAQ.  This update changes the launch date to "on or about April 23rd." It also includes information about Dragon's Prophet, ProSiebenSat.1 Games customers, and clarification on the 10% Marketplace discount.

You can check out the updated FAQ on the Station Forums here. Updates are noted in purple.

Downtime - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The US servers will come down on April 8th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. Expected downtime is around one hour. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET April 9th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

Please note that there is also a two-hour SOE Maintenance scheduled for 7am PDT April 8th. 

Full patch notes are available after the jump.

SOE Maintenance: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced maintenance beginning at 7:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. This is  expected to take approximately one hour. This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Account management
  • Commerce functions, including purchases

 

SOE Live 2014 Registration Opens

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that early registration for SOE Live 2014 is now open! This year’s event will be at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, A‌ugust 1‌4-1‌7.

There are three pricing levels available: the Day Pass, Evening Pass, and the all-encompassing Premium Pass. The Premium Pass has Early Bird pricing of $129 if you buy one before the May 12, 2014 cutoff. Kids 12 and under are free this year, but they need a badge so be sure to include them in your registration.

There are also two optional upgrades: Priority Grand Banquet and Welcome Seating, where you can buy a 12-seat table for $60 at the big events (each reservation requires a separate purchase), and the Sunday Dev Brunch, which costs $59 and requires a Premium Pass.

Check out the in-game items after the jump.

EverQuest 2 Insider Livestream

On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM PDT at http://www.twitch.tv/EverQuest2, Sony Online Entertainment will introduce a new EQII themed livestream, EverQuest II Insider!

Episode one will include content spanning a plethora of topics - Player Studio, Sneak Peeks, Dev Picks, All Access, and even the EverQuest Worlds app! Plus they will be doing TWO special giveaways that you won't want to miss out on!

The cast will include Margaret Krohn, Adam Key, Holly Longdale, Akil Hooper, Chris Garlick, Gary Daugherty, and Nathan McCall! There will be plenty of time for questions and tons of answers shall be supplied!

There will be a recap of the episode up on EverQuest 2's YouTube, so subscribe for updates.

The Highest of Silly Days - April 1st Only!

April Fools Day marks the Highest of Silly Days for the Bristlebane Day celebration. Two quests are only available on this day, both given by the sphinx Imenand just off the dock in the Enchanted Lands. Test your brain by trying to solve his many riddles and take a gamble at your choice of house pet rewards.

You may have noticed the bunnies that have appearaed all over Norrath. Today, and only today can you collect the silly wabbits and earn three Bunny Achievements!

Players can also harvest from the Jester's Superior Gardens on this day, which are found in Enchanted Lands. These gardens give harvests from every holiday event that has crafting, so be sure you have a lot of backpack space to spare! Those wanting to sneak in some mid-year Frostfell crafting can do so as well. Check the Marketplace for some special Bristlebane Day promotional items!

The Highest of Silly Days starts as soon as it's April 1 in Pacific time, and goes until 11:59pm PDT on April 1st. Enjoy today's special loading song as well after the jump!

Downtime - Tuesday April 1, 2014

The US servers will come down on April 1st, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET April 2nd, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

The update notes are below.

The City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is the beginning of April, bringing us the Qeynos City Festival! The festival begins on April 1st at 12:01am PDT and runs until April 7th at 11:59pm PDT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in Antonica just beyond the bridge to North Qeynos.

There are no new items available this month. Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods.

An Aether Race will also be available in Antonica during the festival. Participate and achieve a time of 134 seconds or less to earn the Bridge Buzzer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near the Coldwind Point Lighthouse.

As a reminder, April 1st is also the Highest of the Silly Days and there are special Bristlebane Day events happening, including bunny collections!