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EverQuest Progression Server Update

EverQuest developer Ed "Aristo" Hardin has again updated us on the upcoming progression server (which, by popular vote, has taken on the name "Ragefire").

Some highlights:

  • Beta is starting "as soon as possible".
  • At launch, only Classic EQ will be open on the server.
    • Once certain raid targets have all been defeated, a six-month timer begins. At the end of this timer, in-game player polls will determine when the next expansion opens up. (From the Gates of Discord expansion and forward, the timer will be three months.)
  • All characters start at Level 1, and there will be no character transfers to the server.
  • AAs will be autogranted "once two expansions with AAs have passed" (if you opt in).
  • Only All-Access members will be able to access the server, but Beta will be open for all accounts.

You can check out this post on the EQ Forums for the full details.

Daybreak Games: Roundtable With Smedley & Naviaux

Daybreak Game Company unveiled its new logo and website last week, giving a fresh face as it looks toward the future. We chatted with Daybreak President John Smedley and the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Laura Naviaux yesterday evening about the origins of the company's new name and logo, Columbus Nova, the future of its fan convention, and more.

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John Smedley Explains Recent Interview Comments

During a recent interview, Daybreak President John Smedley was quoted as stating the following:

"I firmly believe the days of the WoW-style MMO are over," Smedley said. "And that means we have to change with the times. Luckily, we were kind of early on that bus as opposed to late. But we're changing what we're making. Look at H1Z1. Is it an MMO? Sure, by definition, but I would consider it a session-based online game with a lot of people. And I say that because the average life expectancy in H1Z1 might be 45 minutes, and that's what today's gamers want. How many people do you still know that are still raiding in WoW every night, or EverQuest and EverQuest II? It's just the time commitment necessary has changed so much. That means we need to change with the times, and we are. So we're getting interested in a broader array of games and gaming styles."

Today he took to Reddit to explain the above. The full response is after the jump; here's the main point of it here:

"I was asked in the interview about what things we're doing differently for our new games going forward and that's when I said we're focused on shorter session times because not many people have the time anymore to spend on a 4 hour raid.

"Don't mistake that comment for me not believing in raiding or knowing that there are a ton of people that play MMOs that still absolutely love to do it! We also plan on continuing to support EQ, and EQ2 for the very long haul and providing exactly the kind of cool content our players have expected. None of that is changing."

May 1, 2015

Here are some Friday night updates for you. Enjoy your weekend!

New Recipes: Raid Elder Chain Chest Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Chain Leg Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Chain Sleeve Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Chain Wrist Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Chain Helm Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Chain Glove Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Plate Chest Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Plate Boot Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Plate Leg Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Plate Sleeve Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Plate Wrist Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Plate Glove Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Plate Helm Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Leather Chest Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Leather Boot Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Leather Glove Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Leather Helm Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Leather Leg Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Leather Sleeve Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Leather Wrist Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Silk Boot Seal of the DefilerRaid Elder Silk Leg Seal of the Defiler

Updated Zone: Plane of Tranquility

Updated Items: Blackburrow StoutScroll: Chromabash Rk. IIIScroll: Glorious Judgment Rk. IIIScroll: Bewildering Constriction Rk. IIIScroll: Legion of Lucem Rk. IIISenni's Ebon Cutlass of Doom OrnamentBlueogre's Blue Dragon Bulwark of Bashing OrnamentRapier of Thogg's Fallen Unicorn OrnamentHeavy Spiked Rubicite Hammer OrnamentMithaniel Marr Shield OrnamentFracture Ornament

Updated Quests: Find Lucie ElronThe Bayle ListTrumpy's HeadGharin's Note (evil)Drosco the Zombie (good)Drosco the Zombie (evil)Exterminate the Vermin (Ak'Anon)Exterminate the Vermin (Qeynos North)Exterminate the Vermin (Qeynos South)

Updated Recipe: Spell: Word of Restoration

Updated Bestiary: Commander KaneTrumpy IrontoeThe Fabled Skeletal Berserkera giant scarab