EverQuest II
EQII Downtime - Friday, April 25, 2014

The US EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on April 25th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for maintenance. The expected downtime is approximately one hour.

EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET April 26th, 2014) for the same maintenance. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

Note: This downtime is for maintenance and not for a Game Update.  There are no patch notes.

General News
New SOE All-Access Plan Delayed

Sony Online Entertainment Community staff posted this update to the All-Access FAQ on all SOE game forums today:

Dear Players,

In an effort to ensure that the transition to the new All Access membership plan is as seamless as possible, we are going to be taking a little more time to test. So, we will be pushing the launch date of All Access to Tuesday, April 29th. Because of the portfolio-wide nature of this plan, this may prevent us from doing any individual game updates in EverQuest, EverQuest II, Planetside 2, and DC Universe Online. These updates will resume normally after the All Access launch. We appreciate your patience and you’ll agree that our new membership offering is worth the wait.

Short version: the new subscription plan will launch April 29, and EverQuest, EverQuest II, Planetside 2, and DC Universe Online may not see updates because of it.

 

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Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

The monthly live event Moonlight Enchantments starts tonight! The grottos will open on the 20th at 12:01am PT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PT. The time applies directly with no conversion to all servers. Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!

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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 (UPDATE: Delayed to April 29th). 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.

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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!

General News
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.

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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.

General News
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

 

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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.

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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.