Letter From the Producer

EverQuest Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale updated us this afternoon about what's happening this month and beyond for EverQuest.

  • Some improvements are being made to Epic 1.0 quests (bottlenecks are being reduced -- details can be found in the latest Test Server patch notes).
  • Legends of Norrath loot will be a little more easier to come by (for the right price)
  • The progression server is a prominent topic (one that we know all about, thanks to Aristo's intricately detailed post earlier this week).
  • We have been introduced to the idea of "campaigns" (downloadable content to be released twice a year - the first of which expected this coming Fall). These are said to feature "about the same amount of content" as what would normally be seen in an annual expansion.

Players have raised numerous questions about this, of course. As of this posting, they haven't been answered (it is a Friday afternoon, after all; happy Friday, by the way!), but you can probably expect some answers in this EQ Forum thread in the coming week.

(You can find the full letter posted below the jump.)

Guild Wars 2
The Scrying Pool: Necromancer's Dreadknight


The Scrying Pool is a Guild Wars 2 column where I simply ask what if? Nothing is off the table as I dive into possible features and future content, looking at what currently exists in Guild Wars 2 before I answer my own what if question with how I think the feature and content could be implemented.

This week we continue the speculation series covering the new specialization feature coming in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. Starting off, I had given my general speculation specialization before jumping into the profession specific speculations with Guardian’s Cleric followed by Engineer’s Mechanic and Elementalist’s Mage. This week I dive into speculation for another profession with Necromancer’s Dreadknight.

General News
Film Friday: Eighteen New Videos (Part Two)

Eighteen New Videos (Part Two)

We continue our coast into the weekend with the conclusion of Film Friday! The second half includes the Star Wars Battlefront reveal trailer that just landed this afternoon, as well as flicks from Crypt of the NecroDancer, Dungeon Crawlers, Godzilla, Grand Theft Auto V, Joe Danger, Must Deliver, Screencheat and The Charnel House Trilogy.

General News
Friday Update Arcade: Episode 27

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed include the PC launch of Grand Theft Auto V, Mortal Kombat X having some Steam issues, a new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront and some speculation that WildStar may be going free-to-play.

General News
Film Friday: Eighteen New Videos (Part One)

Eighteen New Videos (Part One)

Another busy week, another jam-packed Film Friday! So many landed in our inbox this week that we had to be picky, and still ended up with 18 great videos to kick off your weekend. In the first half, enjoy flicks from Age of Wonders III, Defiance, Destiny, Dungeon Travelers 2, Echo of Soul, Final Fantasy XIV, Hearthstone, Masters of the Masks and Tales of Zestiria.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV: Demo Highlights Video

The Final Fantasy XV -Episode Duscae- demo launched last month, included in copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD's Day One edition. This morning Square Enix released a highlights video showcasing select moments experienced throughout the demo.

The Elder Scrolls Online
Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend

If you haven't played Elder Scrolls Online since beta you're in luck! All TESO beta participants who didn't purchase the game are invited back for a free weekend of play. The Welcome Back Weekend will officially start this morning at 10am EDT and last through Monday, April 20th, at 10am EDT. Experience The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and witness the many content updates, fixes, and improvements added since beta.

Log in for two hours or more during the Welcome Back Weekend to be entered in in the giveaway. Ten winners will be randomly selected at the end of the Welcome Back Weekend—no game purchase required. You can see all the prizes on the Community Blog.

EverQuest: Progression Server Update

More details have emerged about the new progression server in the works. EverQuest developer Ed "Aristo" Hardin compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the server and offered some details about upcoming in-game polls.

Here are some highlights from his EQ Forum post:

  • Zones that have had their graphics revamped will keep their present-day geometry.
  • Zones that have had their content revamped will be in their earlier versions (some in their original formats; some in later [but not current] formats).
  • Most features that were added with expansions will be locked until those expansions are unlocked (you won't see mercenaries running around at launch).
    • Several exceptions that will be available at launch: the raid window, maps, augmentations, AAs (still mostly level and expansion-restricted), saving of tradeskill recipes, audio triggers, many achievements, hotbar revamps, and guild rank customizations.
  • The user interface will keep its current form.
  • To handle heavy player population loads, newbie zones will be set up so that they trigger a separate version of the zone when the current zone gets too full of players.
    • In these cases, players will still be able to choose which version of the zone they enter.
  • There will be no instancing of raid content in static zones.
  • The server will have an open Beta period (no dates announced yet).
  • Experience will be reduced (a new experience system is to be tested through Beta).
  • You will be seeing more in-game polls about how players would like expansion unlockings to be handled.

You can check out the full list of Frequently Asked Questions (along with poll details) in this EQ Forum thread.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Hearthstone Deck Tech: Blackrock Spire

Blackrock Spire

HS Spacewizard is back with another Hearthstone Deck Tech, helping players get an edge each week as he builds, tests and breaks down a new deck.

World of Warcraft
BlizzCon Tickets On Sale This Week

Those planning to attend this year's BlizzCon will have two opportunities to purchase tickets to the event this week. The first window is at 7pm PT (10pm ET) on Wednesday, April 15, while the second is at 10am PT (1pm ET) on Saturday, April 18. Tickets will be sold on Eventbrite once again for $199 each (limit four per household), plus a $4 handling fee.

Full details on the ticket purchasing process can be found below.