SOE Live 2014 Panel Schedule Posted

Coinciding with the final day to get your SOE Live All Access badge for $149 (you can get it here) is the release of this year's panel lineup. Since player panels have not been announced, they are not on the schedule yet, and what content will be livestreamed is still unknown. The full schedule is available here and notable panels are:

  • Welcome Ceremony: Thursday, August 14, 7-9pm PT
  • Closing Ceremony/Costume Contest: Saturday, August 16, 8-11pm PT
  • Brunch w/ the Dev Team: Sunday, August 17, 10am-Noon PT
    • Must have paid pass upgrade option to get in
  • EverQuest
    • Expansion Keynote: Friday, August 15, 1-2pm PT 
    • Q&A Part 1: Saturday, August 16, 11am-Noon PT
    • Q&A Part 2: Sunday, August 17, 2-3pm PT
  • EverQuest II
    • Expansion Keynote: Friday, August 15, Noon-1pm PT 
    • AMAA Part 1: Friday, August 15, 1-2pm PT
    • Systems: Saturday, August 16, 1-2pm PT
    • AMAA Part 2: Sunday, August 17, 1-2pm PT
  • EverQuest Next
    • Keynote: Friday, August 15, 10-11am PT
    • Tech Evolution: Friday, August 15, 4-5pm PT
    • Combat & Classes: Saturday, August 16, 11-Noon PT
    • Storybricks: Sunday, August 17, 2-3pm PT

Continue after the jump for Landmark, H1Z1 and miscellaneous panels of interest.

SOE Announces G.I.R.L. Scholarship Winner

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that Erin Loelius of Manasquan, NJ, has been named the winner of the 2014 Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Scholarship. She has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship for her college tutition and will have a 10-week paid internship at SOE this summer, working on both Landmark and EverQuest Next.

"I grew up playing games, so inspiration from video games has always found a way into my art, and that's what makes this internship opportunity so amazing and fitting," said 2014 G.I.R.L. winner Erin Loelius. "Someday I hope to collaborate on games with the same quirkiness and whimsy of games I grew up on. I'd love to create something that pushes people's imaginations and makes them remember their gaming childhood."

SOE: Limited Customer Service Today

Sony Online Entertainment has announced through its various social media accounts:

We will have limited customer support today with the wildfires/closures impacting San Diego. Phones are closed, but help is still available through tickets/chat/ingame.

We sincerely hope that everyone in California is staying safe!

SOE Maintenance: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced maintenance on the morning of March 26.  It is expected to take approximately 2 hours. This will impact the following services:

  • Login for Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures players will be impacted starting at 8:00 AM to approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures players who are already logged in may be disconnected and unable to log back in starting at 8:00 AM to approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Account management may be unavailable starting at 8:00 AM to approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Commerce transactions, including purchases on our websites and in-game marketplaces may be unavailable between 8:00 AM and approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Login for all SOE forums may be affected, you may lose permissions and experience occasional disconnects between 8:00 AM and approximately 10:00 AM PDT.

SOE All-Access Program Update

Today Linda "Brasse" Carlson, Director of Global Community Relations at Sony Online Entertainment, updated the SOE All Access FAQ. As previously announced, the new and improved All Access plan is slated to start April 16, 2014. Today's update includes information on multiple month purchases, Silver membership (EQ/EQII), multiple game memberships on one account and multiple memberships on different accounts, and EQN Landmark info. 

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

Year of EverQuest: March Update Video

SOE has released their March edition of the Year of EverQuest video series, featuring Thom Terrazas, Terry Michaels and Holly Longdale all discussing what players can look forward to in their respective games over the next month. Check it out after the jump!

SOE All-Access Changes Update

Across all its social media feeds today Sony Online Entertainment announced:

UPDATE: To allow our technical teams more time to test the program and processes, the date for implementation of the new SOE All Access has been moved from April 2nd to April 16th, 2014. The FAQ has been updated accordingly!

These changes, which have been heavily modified since they were originally announced on January 3rd, can be seen on all SOE game forums, including the SOE Community forum

SOE Maintenance: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that they will perform maintenance beginning at 3:00 AM Pacific on February 18, 2014. This will impact the following services:

  • Account management, which includes logging into our websites, submitting, updating, or viewing Support Tickets.
  • Commerce transactions, including purchases on SOE websites and in-game marketplaces.
  • SOE Forums will remain open during the downtime however you may lose permissions and experience occasional disconnects.
  • Login for SOE games MAY be affected.

While no downtime estimate is mentioned in the forum posts, the Facebook preview of the announcement originally showed a four hour downtime.

Year of EverQuest Community Celebration Pictures

We were on-site at Sony Online Entertainment's community celebration last Friday, January 31. The Year of EverQuest has kicked off, celebrating EverQuest's 15th anniversary, EverQuest II's 10th anniversary, and the birth of EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark. Landmark launched into alpha testing for Explorer and Trailblazer level Founder's Packs that night and had its NDA drop the following day.

While we were at the event we captured some photos we think you will enjoy! Take a look!

SOE Accepting G.I.R.L. Scholarship Applications

Sony Online Entertainment is now accepting applications for the 2014 G.I.R.L. scholarship! Check out the full press release after the jump.