EverQuest II announces anniversary events and new ‘old-school PvP’ event server

    
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And all of the art design is still done on lined notebook paper.

Venerable poster child of the MMO genre EverQuest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and it just recently announced a cavalcade of events to commemorate the occasion, but it’s not the only EQ-family birthday being celebrated. EverQuest II turns 15 toward the end of this year, and it’s getting in on the festivities as well. Around March 16th, the anniversary events will kick off with “unique in-game content in the Plane of Mischief and a new progression server,” the exact rules of which will be announced closer to March.

But that’s not all: Next week, the Daybreak Games team will be kicking off the beta of the new Nagafen event server, which will feature “revamped-back-to-old-school PvP” with “a seasonal approach.” And of course, there’s even more slated for EQII’s actual birthday this November, as well as a new expansion “that will take [players] to a whole new unexplored location of lore and legend.” That’s all the devs are willing to say on the subject this early on, but that should be enough to get the speculation engine turning.

To close out the announcement, Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale takes a moment to assure players that the devs are fully dedicated to continuing to support EQII with new adventures. It’s been a rough time for Daybreak lately, and many fans — including our own MJ Guthrie — have expressed concerns about the game’s future. According to Longdale, however, everything’s going to be just fine. Whether that will hold up to the coming months, however, we’ll have to wait and see.

Source: Official Site. Thanks, Wilhelm!
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Neurotic

I sometimes forget that Windstalker is still there, fighting the good fight. Love ya Holly, keep it up!

Alyn
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Alyn

A third generation EQ would bring tears to my eyes. Fifteen years–I remember.

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Bruno Brito

Why don’t they just megaserver this game? It would be easier.

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Alicia Marray

What a slap in the face to your EQ2 customers that were all moved off the nagafen server to a pve server. No free transfers for us? Now your customers, some of us with 10+ characters who have been loyal to EQ2 since launch are stuck on a server we werent built for and have no interest in. Absolutely disgusted by this new nagafen server. You guts are killing your game and angering your long time customers!

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Sarah Cushaway

Ah, EQ2 :/ you were a great game in your heyday, but …yeah, I don’t buy the “everything’s fine” PR at this point. Everything is not fine. The game is a ghost town and instead of fixing it up all those years ago as they should have done–revamping that horrific engine and those ugly graphics, getting rid of some of the ability bloat–all they did was pile more crap onto more crap. Really sad.

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oldandgrumpy

So the reddit post was right.

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Eliandal

Everything’s going to be fine? Glad she’s so optimistic. Seeing the news out of the studio over the past year, I have considerable difficulty emulating said optimism!

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Baemir

To be fair it’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy isn’t it? If no one trusts Daybreak to survive and everyone stops buying anything from them, of course they’re going to go bankrupt.

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Bruno Brito

Considering the stuff with Columbus Nova, i don’t think anyone wants to give money to this company.

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Baemir

I mean, the success of their lifetime sub deal says otherwise. I’m not even trying to defend daybreak here, but you guys are a little irrational about them sometimes.

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Bruno Brito

Success?

What is success on a MMO point of view? How many concurrent paying players does DBG has on EQ2? Is EQ2 success enough to stop layoffs?

There’s nothing irrational about being careful. Every single news we get from DBG is a bad one. Even when it’s a good one, like this, is actually a bad one in disguise: They’re doing a PvP event based on the old days, on a game that have several balancing issues for years now.

Yeah, no. You guys can pretend everything is fine and dandy. I don’t have a horse on this race. But really, don’t be naive, this “success” you speak of don’t erase the years of negligence.

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Henrik Boriths

A studio that have zero PvE balance for more than a decade wants to dab into a PvP enviroment?

Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Death toll v2.0 incoming and the PvPers will cry again about how many dozens of them there are, but its all DBG fault.

Ill give the server 4 months.

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PanagiotisLial1

Do they even own the EQ games for a decade? I may be wrong but havent they bought it like 2013-14?

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its 2015 even according to wikipedia

On February 2, 2015, Sony announced that SOE had been sold to investment company Columbus Nova for an undisclosed amount and that it would be renamed Daybreak Game Company. Cutting its ties with Sony, Daybreak subsequently became able to develop their games for platforms other than PlayStation, including Xbox and mobile platforms.[18] On February 11, employees of the company reported they were undergoing layoffs, including several senior developers and project managers. Shortly after, Daybreak responded by announcing the layoffs were intended to make the company profitable, but did not detail the extent of the layoffs or whether it would affect the development and support of their new and existing games.[19] On July 22, 2015, Daybreak announced that John Smedley had stepped down as the company’s President, and that Russell Shanks, the company’s former COO, will take up his position.[20] On August 21, 2015, Smedley left Daybreak to found a new company.[21] In October 2016, Russell Shanks left Daybreak.

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Henrik Boriths

Its the exact same people working on the game so I have no idea why you post that.

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PanagiotisLial1

You missed the heavy lay off parts it seems. During this time most of key personnel was layed off and less amount was hired. Its practically not the same company and therefore you dont see same quality too. All that is well documented all over the net. Even upon the acquisition as you see on the above text

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MJ Guthrie

Stop arguing that it is a different company folks — it is not! it is the same people and same company who created it and has owned it the entire time. They just changed overlords (from Sony to Columbus Nova). They HAD to change the name because they couldn’t remain Sony Online Entertainment when they were no longer affiliated with Sony.

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Swifty

Yes, the same company, but the direction they have taken the game makes it look like they don’t know what they are doing anymore. EQ2 has such incredible power creep, where characters have literally millions of hit points , doing trillions of DPS (yes trillions, check the leader boards). It’s ridiculous.
EQ2 was my favorite MMO for many years, but that game no longer exists.