EverQuest II plans big spring update, EU server merges

    
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At last, good stuff.

Development on EverQuest II has been very quiet all through January and most of February, but that’s just from our perspective. A new letter from producer Holly Longdale reveals that the developers have been working hard behind the scenes to deliver a big update in the spring, with a preview stream coming on March 15th at 2:00 p.m. EST for those who just can’t wait to find out what’s next for the game.

Among the features promised for the update are new stories, new quests, new dungeons, and new key chests. There will also be new stuff added to the major holidays this year, which serves as further good news. European players can also expect to see server merges later this year, much like what happened for US servers a few months ago. The important part is that fans of EverQuest II have plenty to look forward to over the next year.

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Jalek
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Darthbawl CrispyCycil TotesMcGoats It’s a throwback from the days where every studio had its own 3d engine, SOE licensed Unreal at one point after it launched and a bunch of rumors started that went nowhere.
They have a unique IP and tons of content, it would take incredible hours to rebuild it though.

wanderv15
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Strange that this game still isn’t on a megaserver. Looks like it’s ready for it for a long time with all these mirrored zone instances.

Alyndale
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Husvik Alyndale YES YOU CAN, Daybreak! We want you to and we know you can!

Husvik
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Husvik

Alyndale Husvik WOW, Mac, brings me back to a family vacation in Florida, crossing over a causeway with my brand new Sony Walkman (my sister and i just got from our grandparents, they were always so “hip”. lol) and got the Rumours tape rolling, on one side the sun is nearing sundown absolutely gorgeous, on the other side a thunder storm of the century.

At times i feel EQ2 has so much wasted content and not crap content either, real quality stuff, that why not, overall the entire thing, sure call it EQ:”2.0″ oh wait ok  EQ3 i don’t care just do it DayBreak you’re literally sitting on probably the greatest mmo of all time and all it really needs is a tune up and shiny coat of wax. And Ka-Boom, most popular mmo on the planet, people are thirsty for this guys, just do it.

Oh you know i have to. /sniff sry…

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Alyndale

Husvik I agree and add that I often wonder…What if? What if in some strange strange way. What’s left of the EQ and EQ 2 crew aren’t really the ones that may well determine if there indeed will be a complete “overhaul”. Yes, I could be completely out of my mind, but I can’t help but wonder if, just if, EQ 3 might come from either an overhaul of EQ 2.

What an absolutely happy feeling I think I would have to return to such a vast and truly deep mmo. Might it not be a surprise if the beginning of the evolution of the mmo begins with what is already in existence physically?

A dream, yes, but oh what a lovely one, indeed!

Husvik
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Husvik

From launch to about 2008-09 the game was legendary. After that I’ve tried to go back many times to the point i really can’t be bothered anymore, i’d get crashes, lags badly, clunky and bottom line, it’s not that cool mmo anymore, minor and i mean minor example killing the Djinn Lord, Ab’zheri required a solid group of 6, with an outside group of 6.

I started a new toon awhile back, walked up to Ab’zheri at level, and solo’d him within seconds. Logged out uninstalled, yep they totally f’ed the game from what it was. It was insulting.

The stories and lore, signature, heritage quests are unbeatable in any mmo to this day, if they were to do a complete engine overall, and make it challenging again, i doubt I’d ever leave again.

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CrispyCycil TotesMcGoats Does feel odd it runs way worse than brand new games for me.

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TotesMcGoats

Darthbawl CrispyCycil TotesMcGoats Hate to compare it to WoW (which I am no fan of at the moment) but WoW feels WAY smoother than EQ2.

Darthbawl
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CrispyCycil TotesMcGoats Spending some time fiddling around with the bazillion options in the game can make a noticeable difference.  *If* one spends time doing so.  Some of the eye candy options can be turned down/off without lowering the visuals much and the performance gains can be worth it.  Just takes time, more than like 10 minutes. :D

But yeah, the game really could use some under-the-hood improvements in the optimization dept.

CrispyCycil
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TotesMcGoats Everquest 2’s engine is horribly unoptimized, it wasn’t made for quad core at the time and being unable to upgrade it with their current coding made them lag behind in both graphics and frame rates.