EverQuest’s new progression server wiped due to launch issues

It was a less-than-auspicious beginning for EverQuest’s highly anticipated progression server.

The new server, Ragefire, came up yesterday and was immediately beset by several issues including overstressed login servers and instant level 50 characters appearing. Daybreak spent the day putting out fires, which included locking the server, applying hotfixes, and ultimately performing a complete wipe. Fortunately, most players had not made much progress; Executive Producer Holly Longdale said that the highest level character was only level 6 at the time of the wipe.

The studio said that players can get refunds for marketplace purchases prior to the wipe and that beta bags should not be affected. If the level 50 issue is fixed, the team said that Ragefire will re-launch today.

Source: Twitter #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, official forums. Thanks to Bob for the tip!
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CazCore
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CazCore

BryanCole FFXI had some of the worst game music i’ve ever heard.  their patching music literally made me nauseous.

EverQuests is actually better than average.

Cramit
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Cramit

Mind Flayer Yes, all progression servers are only available to sub players.

Cramit
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Cramit

I love reading this, merely because the the folks that OWN the game run it WORSE than people who don’t.  Absolutely HILARIOUS!  Not to mention, with SOE/DBG destroying the game over time, they don’t even know how to make a server people ACTUALLY still want to play.  Thank god for popcorn.

Covenant_U
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Covenant_U

My Gosh, the whining.  So they flubbed it up a bit, it’s still a terrific idea and soon I’m sure people who are patient will be on playing (I hope to be among them).  Seriously, I’m still not sold on DB but kudos to them for trying to rekindle interest among a loyal (if lapsed) playerbase. I’m sure they have done and will do things that people may get upset about, but misjudging the popularity of a brand new server running an old game many thought would be shut down isn’t this company’s worst move by a longshot imho.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

It seems DayBREAK is living up its name.

Mind Flayer
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Mind Flayer

Wait…  it looks like I need a $15 a month subscription to jump on the progression server?
Hmmm… having second thoughts.

Mind Flayer
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Mind Flayer

I’m downloading EQ now to get in on this.
Is this on the regular server list, or will I need to get a special beta installation to jump in on this?

goldstariv
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goldstariv

Overstressed login servers,… Does that send a stark message or what?

BryanCole
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BryanCole

Just goes to show, no matter how much testing is done, not everything is always found.  Also goes to show how rude, immature and given to a sense of entitlement people are these days.  Thinking that all things are perfect all the time no matter how much testing was or wasn’t done. 

I was looking forward to playing on this server with my guild as I never got to experience EQ in the early days and I think a core group of people is the key to enjoying it.  I did cut my teeth on FFXI and I know EQ inspired that game heavily so that’s sort of what I’m expecting minus the music and graphics that FFXI crushes EQ in.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Paaperclips Tandor Shadewalker Polyanna That’s good news. I’d have to have to see EQ people making I’m sorry videos too. :)