EverQuest II Producer’s Letter April 2023

Discussion in 'News and Announcements' started by Accendo, Apr 4, 2023.

  1. Accendo Guest

    Armor (appearance), armor (Beast'r Eggs), and armor (IRL swag)!

    Welcome again, Adventurers! A lot has happened across the lands of Norrath from the heights of the Everfrost Peaks to the vast Underfoot Depths. We here at Darkpaw Games have been creating and designing, enhancing, refining, and trying to put a final polish on new content as well as familiar features.

    If you've been following along our route of the 2023 Roadmap we shared back in January, you may be surprised when you notice that so much has already happened in EverQuest II! Here are some excellent examples: we've unlocked three raid zones in Renewal of Ro, introduced new content and merchant items for Erollisi Day, Chronoportal Phenomenon, Brewday Festival and Bristlebane Day, and launched the Beta for Game Update 122: Empire of Antiquity (GU122). Whooo!

    That's not too bad, considering we've only just arrived in April. But wait now, there's more, because you know we're all about epicness and exciting adventuring and questing and the like, so...

    Dragons of Rime Armor

    Playing on Kael Drakkel is about to become even more friendly! Characters on Lore and Legend servers will receive a powerful enhancement that will allow them to take on heroic and many raid encounters solo!

    Furthermore, accounts will be able to earn a new green adornment that scales between character level 50 and 125, and unlock the Kael Drakkel appearance armor sold by Ronald Gleneed, the Lore Token Merchant. The appearance armor and new adornment are unlocked account-wide and may be bought from Ronald Gleneed in both Freeport and Qeynos Province District on all servers. While on the Kael Drakkel server, you will find a whole slew of new housing items to spend Lore and Legend Tokens on to make your stay even more comfortable.

    Between April 6 and April 25, we will be kicking off these permanent changes above by making the Kael Drakkel server available to all players—even those without membership—and granting a Jumpa-Lope pet to all accounts who log into the Lore and Legend server!


    Next, we'll now be boisterously bouncing down the very obvious beaten path, thanks ever so much to the Beast'r bunch for that help. Hmmm... I wonder if we should learn basket making after the Eggstravaganza? Don't dwell on that too long because soon after they return, we're launching GU122: Empire of Antiquity.

    For you PvP fans out there, at the end of April, we're opening Zarrakon, our newest TLE PvP server. But we're not even close to wrapping things up because we've got the very anticipated return of the Summer Jubilee, and with it a new inventory slot designed specifically for equipment obtained through live event content.

    Let's take a peek at what has happened and what’s coming in the next few months.

    Worth noting and about the Tarinax merge into Antonia Bayle: The process went smoothly, and players were able to jump into game a few hours earlier than anticipated. Not only that, but we also caught a long-standing bug that had been complicating characters after server merges. We were able to address that bug during maintenance.

    If you didn't catch the article yesterday, the Swag Store is here! It holds t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and a massive gaming pad featuring the Renewal of Ro key art. So, grab some loot and check the store often for updates to our selection!


    Upcoming later this year:
    • April
      • New changes to Kael Drakkel
        • New Grace of Norrath buff for all characters
        • New Scaling Green Adornment
        • Earn new armor appearances that can be used on any other server
        • Earn new housing items that can be used on any other server
      • New updates to Beast'r Eggstravaganza
      • Game Update 122: Empire of Antiquity Launch - New raids, massive contested dungeon, quests, tradeskill content, collections, Overseer Season 05 and more content for all playstyles.
        • Launches April 11, 2023
      • Renewal of Ro Raids Unlock
        • Buried Takish'Hiz: Emergence from Stone
        • Sultan's Mahallah: Daggers Drawn
      • Varsoon unlocks Echoes of Faydwer - Explore the continent of Faydwer, "borrow" the dwarven brewing kegs in Kaladim and unlock class Alternate Advancement trees along the way. Try not to fall off of Kelethin.
      • New PvP TLE server launch, Zarrakon
    • May
      • Mercenary AI Update - Mercenaries will more reliably heal and resurrect their companions, and generally react faster, with higher tier mercenaries gaining increased reaction time over their common brethren.
    • June
      • New Live Event Equipment Slot - A new slot for equipment obtained exclusively through live event content.
      • New updates to Summer Jubilee
        • Golden F'Aestival Bracers will return
        • New scaling dungeon
        • New scaling end-zone bosses to help you earn more Silver Jubilation Medals
        • Tinkerfest
          • Updated Adventure quest
          • New level scaling version of the 2022 dungeon
          • New items, collection, quests, and Tradeskill recipe
        • New large updates to Summer Jubilee's Scorched Sky
      • New updates to Patches of Pride
      • Varsoon unlocks The Estate of Unrest, Shard of Fear, and three contested Avatars.
    Speaking of GU122: Empire of Antiquity, I am beyond elated to supply a sneak peek of the key art.

    Looks familiar... where have I seen that?

    Empire of Antiquity will usher in a huge new contested dungeon, new Adventure quests, new Tradeskill content, and new collections. More details about GU122 will be revealed on April 11, 2023 as it launches, so stay tuned!

    We'd also like thank all you stalwart forums and Discord members for your persistence in giving us feedback. Later this year we will be introducing Class Balance Forums. This will be a new way for you to more actively take a role in what adjustments and changes get made for class abilities and making the process for how development resources are divvied up for those processes more transparent. There are a lot of details still to nail down, but the current working plan of this process will be 1) class specific suggestion post gets made, 2) community discusses and rates it, 3) highly rated suggestions are added to a shortlist and have a time investment added by development, 4) more community discussion to react to the time investment required, 5) suggestions on the shortlist have a vote opened on them, 6) suggestions with the highest vote above a cutoff threshold get added to the schedule for implementation. As you can see, this will be a tiered and phased process, but we hope it'll give you more agency and transparency in how adjustments and changes for class balance are made.

    Lots of exciting updates are coming in the next few months so be sure to keep an eye on our news feed for more details! For now, we hope you’re enjoying Bristlebane Day (just a couple of days left for the event!), and as always, we absolutely appreciate you being part of the EverQuest II family.

    Prepare to soar where only eagles dare,

    Jenn Chan
    Head of Studio

    Join us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Discord.
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  2. Feara Well-Known Member

    Your awesome!!! Thank you!
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  3. Gooby TTV aka Dreww Member

    PVP server is an afterthought. No beta, no real specifics, t5 was the highlight of PVP, but we're launching in t7, probably won't see any type of updates but once a month if we're lucky. Can already see where this is headed. The whole fifty of us playing on this PVE server with PVP enabled will enjoy the first 2 weeks of this new PVP server, thanks.
  4. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    they bring out the new PvP Server like this , so they don't have to worry about bringing out anything else for a wile, most likely we won't get another expansion for months.
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  5. Aenvar Member

    As always, thank you for the hard work you put into EQ2. Also, thank you for the letter, I appreciate the optimistic style it's written in. Kael Drakkel changes sound interesting, I like the Dragons of Rime armor and the pet looks awesome too ;)
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  6. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    Totally agree with you Aenvar, maybe I give Kael Drakkel another try.
  7. ttobey Makes the Monsters Move

    I bet that kangaroo is a wild ride!
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  8. Cyliena Well-Known Member

    That'd be cool if it were a mount, not a pet. ;)
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  9. Sigrdrifa EQ2 Wiki Author

    This is the vibe I get from the new appearance armor on Kael Drakkel.
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  10. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    o well Ttobey, you can still give us that kangaroo mount ;).
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  11. Virtuosity Active Member

    "Game Update 122: Empire of Antiquity Launch"

    Do we have a specific date for this?
  12. Sigrdrifa EQ2 Wiki Author

    It's a bad idea to give a hard date for a launch if you can avoid it, because some game-breaking bug may turn up at the 11th hour. The beta is currently running, and when they get the kinks hammered out, they'll release.

    They probably do have a target date, but again, it's like Scotty with the Enterprise's engines, always underpromise and overdeliver.
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  13. NyteRose Member

    Is the pet account account-wide/one per character? Sorry for the dumb question; I only returned to the game just over a week ago.
  14. Accendo Guest

    Thank you for catching this. Post has been updated now.
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  15. Chikkin Well-Known Member

    The poke option on Jumpa-Lope is pure evil fun lol
    Thank you for that
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  16. Accendo Guest

    It's per character, and if you log in on any character, your account will be flagged permanently to allow you to get it on future characters after the time ends.
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  17. Schmetterling Well-Known Member

    the Jumpa kicked me clear into the harbor way out and you can not counter it :p

    doing this special event on KD is ingenious, the place is hopping with all sorts of people, I bet there are 3 times the people on there now.
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  18. Virtuosity Active Member

    Thank you :)
  19. Bentenn Well-Known Member

    Lol.. when u dangle a carrot for a pretty much "BIS" green adorn.. then yea.. everyone will flock here for their 8 days worth of quests and then it will be a ghost town again.. Check back in 6 days and let me know if there are still 3 times the amount of people on the server... my guess is probably not :)
  20. Bentenn Well-Known Member

    Can we at least be up front this year about what the Jubilee will bring. Will the bracers again be BIS or no? I really wish, and I know there are more like me that get tired of beating this dead horse, woudn't do the jubilee again. It was just a simple waste of time and nothing fun about it at all lol, but again had to do it to get those bracers with those needed stats. It wasn't that people liked it.. it was people needed to do it for one thing. You should really actually get into the game instead of making all these "fun" decisions while listening to others who don't play the game.

    The whole reason you got rid of summer ethereals is that it made gear too powerful and people couldn't catch up. You just did the same exact thing lol but actually made it boring. People still couldn't catch up because the events were over and it was extremely boring. With gear resets happening EVERY SINGLE EXPANSION now, why not bring back some BIS items gained by getting currency for actually playing and running needed zones. The gear will be replaced anyway lol but gives drive to get in and run zones to keep things up.
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