Friday, April 18, 2014

EverQuest To Go All Access Around April 23

On or about April 23, all Gold EverQuest members will have their plans changed to SOE All Access memberships.

There should be just three changes:
  • In addition to being a Gold EQ member, you will also have equivalent access in EverQuest II, DC Universe Online PC, PlanetSide 2 PC, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and the upcoming EverQuest Next and Landmark.
  • Instead of just receiving your monthly 500 Station Cash automatically, you must now log in each month at least once to receive that month's Station Cash.   Upon logging in, it will be granted.
  • All Access members will receive a 10% discount on most Marketplace purchases.

SOE also plans to include Dragon’s Prophet in some form in the future.

There is also some mention of "exclusive promotions and offers throughout the year".

There should be no changes in your cost to play EverQuest, you just gain additional access to their other games.

For full information and a FAQ list, see The Revised SOE ALL ACCESS PROGRAM FAQ! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sigil of the Blade and Sigil of Thokk Augments Wrong, To Be Fixed

The Sigil of the Blade and Sigil of Thokk damage augmentations have their values reversed.  Sigil of the Blade should have the 16 damage (as a 2 handed weapon aug) and the Sigil of Thokk should have the 10 damage (as a 1 handed weapon aug).

They were mistakenly reversed.

They will be changed in the next patch.

SOE statements here and here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Heroic Stats to be Added to Rain of Fear Weapons

From a post by Chandrok, EQ Developer, on the SOE EQ forum:
I had overlooked the fact that RoF weapons did not have heroics when these items were made. Heroics will be added to RoF weapons in the next update.

Friday, March 14, 2014

"Part 3" of Call of the Forsaken Expected in May

From the Happy Birthday EverQuest! post on the SOE EQ forum by Thom Terrazas, EQ Producer:
 Call of the Forsaken Content

We are planning our next set of content that ties into the Call of the Forsaken expansion for May. That is our current plan - It shouldn’t change but if it does, we will keep you posted.

Double XP and Lockout Reduced Weekend Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16 [March 20 for Lockout]

From the Happy Birthday EverQuest! post on the SOE EQ forum by Thom Terrazas, EQ Producer:
Bonus XP Weekend!

Starting on Friday, March 14, we will have a Bonus XP weekend that runs through Sunday, March 16. Remember that Bonus XP will vary for some players with all the XP modifiers in game and with XP Potions available. While we call it bonus, it will be double XP for most players.

Lockout Timers Reduced!

Also starting Friday March 14, Lockout timers will be significantly reduced through March 20th! More loot for everyone! Stay tuned for messaging about rare mobs spawning more often in the next week.
UPDATE: SOE announced more details:
Bonus XP will start in about 30mins (~noon Pacific time [Friday]). It'll end Sunday at midnight.

Lockout Timer Reduction will reduce lockouts by 30%. This will also start in about 30mins (~noon Pacific time [Friday]) and end at midnight at Thurs, March 20.
UPDATE AGAIN:  SOE announcement (same info as above in a direct statement).

Friday, February 14, 2014

Patch Scheduled February 19, 2014

Not officially announced but 99% likely.  From the February 13 Developer Chat:
JenarieEQ: easy question piestro - is there a date for patch or is 'sometime next week but not monday' still the best guestimate  :)
Piestro [EQ Community Relations]: Patch will be on the 19th Jenarie *99%*

EQ Developer Chat Transcript

On February 13, 2014, SOE had a EQ Developer chat where players could ask the Devs questions.  Here is a link to the transcript of the chat:

EQ Resource: February 13, 2014 - EverQuest Developer Chat Transcript

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

UCS Stability Change

The Universal Chat Service (UCS) has been unstable, failing, and causing massive spam for about a month or more now.

SOE has finally addressed players regarding the issue by posting:
As may know, we have been occasionally running into UChat issues where for periods of time the chat service will continually reconnect. We are continuing to investigate these issues and in an attempt to help with the stability of this server we will be switching the server back to a limit of 200 players per channel.

This change will go into effect later this afternoon.

We will also continue to monitor the servers and continue reviewing our diagnostics tools to see where we can address the stability issues.

We understand how important UChat is and we're asking that you please let us know in this thread if you see anymore issues (or if the problem persists).

Jenn Chan
Technical Director, EverQuest

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Gold Member Monthly Free Station Cash To Change

From the SOE forum:
Dear EverQuest Gold Members,

We regularly evaluate our offerings at SOE to ensure we are consistently delivering great games and products, while also offering exceptional value to our players. Given that we just started a new year it seemed like the perfect time to add more value!

The week of February 3rd, 2014 we will be making a very important change to the Gold Membership level in EverQuest The current benefit of receiving 500 Station Cash (SC) monthly will be replaced with a new program that allows you to select one single item valued up to 2000 SC each month. Nearly all items within the games’ Marketplace will be available for this selection. Players Studio, bundles and additional exclusions may apply. This new benefit must be claimed each month that you are a member as it will not carry over to subsequent months.

We appreciate our customers, especially our valued members, and therefore are excited to bring you this additional value.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in game soon.

Best,

Sony Online Entertainment
UPDATE: In response to player complaints, SOE has changed it back to 500 SC per month. However, you must log in each month to receive it.

Hate Rising Beta Opens, Some Details Revealed

SOE has opened the Beta for Hate Rising. In addition, they have revealed some details on what to expect:
As more details become available, Fanra's EverQuest Wiki's Hate Rising page will be updated.