everquest II

Official Site: EverQuest II
Studio: SOE, now Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: November 9, 2004
Genre: Fantasy Hybrid Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The MOP Up: Heroes of the Storm mains Hanzo (December 10, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Crossout, Ultima Online, Monster Hunter World, HellionEverQuest II, WakfuRuneScapeStar Wars: The Old RepublicElsword OnlineRagnarok ZeroLord of the Rings OnlineDreadnought, Sword Art Online Integral Factor, and Heroes of the Storm, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: Boy band cover art

It’s one thing to strike a pose and get a good-looking selfie in there, it’s another to coordinate a whole group of twitchy gamers and get them to take a group photo without someone jumping or facing the wrong way or forgetting to emote.

Vincent Clark has mastered this group pose in the formation of his new Final Fantasy XIV boy band album called “Ears over Eorzea.” We anticipate great things from this mostly shirtless crew of well-manicured rebels, as long as they don’t fall into that hot tub and drown.

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The Stream Team: Frostfell begins today in EverQuest II

‘Tis the season for Frostfell! You know the holidays are amping up when this winter festival starts in EverQuest II. Even though the festival runs through January 4th, 2018, Massively OP’s MJ wants to to get in and start the celebration right away! There’s so much to do, including an update to the A Gigglegibber’s Work is Never Done quest, and plenty of new recipes to buy.  Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a first look at this year’s Frostfell.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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EverQuesting: First impressions of EverQuest II’s Planes of Prophecy

November: A month of colorful, falling leaves, Thanksgiving… and an EverQuest II expansion! That’s right, the 11th month isn’t allowed to finish up until we have our next serving of Norrathian goodness, and Daybreak delivered it to us on the 28th. Regardless of not yet finishing up the content in previous expansions, I couldn’t not immediately dive in and explore this new piece of EQII! I mean, me, not explore a favorite world? That’s crazy talk! With only two days (and interrupted ones at that!) to peek into and poke around, what did I find in Planes of Prophecy? Here are my first impressions.

Hop on the Plane

Luckily for me, you don’t need to complete the Signature Quest line (or in my case, even start it) in Kunark Ascending to be able to access the new zone, the Plane of Magic. If you are level 100 and own the expansion, all you need to now is how to get there. For that, you could do like I first did and hop from world bell to druid portal to wizard spire to find the way. Alternately, you could read the in-game mail that is delivered to every level 100 that tells you to visit any wizard spire. It makes sense: Travel to a Plane of Magic through a magical wizard portal! Obviously, I immediately jumped in a portal.

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The Stream Team: A first peek at EverQuest II’s Planes of Prophecy

Norrath has expanded! EverQuest II’s Planes of Prophecy expansion launched today, and Massively OP’s MJ just has to explore it. Can she find her way into Solusek Ro’s Tower? It’s full of fire and lava, and you know that MJ loves fire. Then there’s the Bastion of Thunder, which is claimed to contain four aspects of storms. Storms too? This just gets better and better! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for a first peek into today’s expansion.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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EverQuest II takes you inside a volcano base for next week’s expansion

What would it be like to live and work inside a base located at the center of a volcano? Hot, you think? Probably hot. Air conditioning would be a concern. Yet in none of the pictures of Solusek Ro’s Tower in EverQuest II do we see sweaty mobs slumped on couches in their undies and fanning themselves. No sir; they are committed to wearing full armor and dying of heat stroke, it seems.

This look inside the volcano lair is but the latest of a preview series for EverQuest II: Planes of Prophecy. “The tower’s foundation lies deep,” Daybreak writes, “with lava flowing steadily throughout, forever altering and adding to the massive structure and filling every space with unbearable heat, making it inhospitable to any foreign entities who are not fully prepared to venture to this treacherous place. [It] may prove itself to be the most dangerous place you’ll have to go if you want to save Norrath.”

Planes of Prophecy is due to release next Tuesday, November 28th.

Source: EverQuest II

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EverChaosing: Counting my EverQuest II and Secret World Legends blessings

Good things come in three’s right? Well this is the third installment of the EverChaosing column, which melds Chaos Theory and EverQuesting together. Why a written equivalent to a Turduckin? Because these are my two favorite games, and just as last year, I can’t choose between the two when it comes time to express gratitude. I am thankful for both EverQuest II  and Secret World Legends! Many things. There are overarching things as well as smaller specifics. Sometimes this gratitude is for something constant, and other times it is for change. While it would take much too long to list everything, in the spirit of the day I count a few of my blessings in SWL and EQII.

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EverQuest II previews the Bastion of Thunder

Really, no one should be building a stronghold just to control portions of the weather. It leads to all sorts of problems later on. The latest preview for EverQuest II demonstrates just that, because while Karana, the Rain Keeper, might have had the best of intentions, it turns out that even tucking your Bastion of Thunder away in the Plane of Storms doesn’t prevent people from rushing in and taking control of stuff. And of course it contains four aspects of storms tied to four towers and guarded by storm giants, because now the towers (and, by extension, the storm giants) are in notable danger.

Needless to say, players will be expected to go in and fight against the Tenets of Hate to make sure that nothing bad happen, which means braving both those enemies and the storm giants. There must have been a safer and less ostentatious option for building a weather control facility, Karana; maybe something that looked more like an old convenience store would have brought less attention.

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EverQuest II takes you to the Plane of Magic

Did you realize that EverQuest II is going to release its latest expansion this month? Well, it’s November, so that should have been a default assumption, but still, there isn’t a lot of time left to get ready for the next chapter of this MMORPG’s run.

As part of the Planes of Prophecy expansion, EverQuest II players will be venturing to the Plane of Magic in their journeys. “Here, you will become empowered by the lands as you venture through them, explore their wonders and breath-taking sights, and forge relationships with their residents: the Pakiat and Allyrians,” the team wrote.

The standard edition of Planes of Prophecy is $35 and includes a single character level boost to 100. The expansion is scheduled to release on Tuesday, November 28th.

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EverQuesting: Reflecting on EverQuest II’s 13th year

I am particularly fond of the number 13. And I am particularly fond of EverQuest II. So it is a happy convergence of favorites as EQII celebrates its 13th year this week. That’s thirteen years of adventures from Antonica to Zek. Will 13 be a lucky number for this MMORPG? I sure hope so! Norrath could use a little luck going forward after this past year. It’s not that things have been especially tumultuous (do you remember the heartaches and fears from 2015?); in fact, they have been a bit quiet. Too quiet.

The past 12 months have worried me more for the future of my beloved game than even the restructuring to Daybreak did. Will EQII make it through the next year? Maybe we’ll have a stroke of luck and the game will blossom again in 2018. Luckily, I still have some hope left that it will make it through, and I know I am not alone in wanting those adventures to continue quite a while longer.

All hope is not lost because despite the worrying parts, the year wasn’t all bad. There were still bright spots and positive things. As is customary this time of year, I take some time to reflect back on all that has transpired since the last anniversary retrospective. Join me for a look back to see how the game has grown and how it has changed. Then hop in and enjoy the Heroes’ Festival anniversary celebration before it disappears next week!

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The Stream Team: Happy 13th birthday EverQuest II!

Massively OP’s MJ is ready to celebrate: One of her favorite games turns 13 years old today. EverQuest II is a teenager! The Heroes Festival is live, and there are quests to do, bosses to vanquish (and their plushies to acquire!), and a cool new patchwork mount to get. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to enjoy a Norrathian birthday party.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

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The MOP Up: Eden Falling brings the turn-based apocalypse (November 5, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from MapleStoryWorld of WarcraftRendEverQuest IIDevilianHyper UniverseEden FallingWar ThunderNeverwinterMaster X MasterFinal Fantasy XIRagnarok OnlineDota 2Old School RuneScapeKurtzPel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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