Daybreak Games Members-Only Sale

Summer has arrived here at Daybreak, and we’re cranking up the air conditioning, firing up BBQs, hitting the beach… AND giving All Access Members an even BIGGER discount off in-game items!

From Friday, May 22nd at 10:00AM PDT through Monday, May 25th at 11:59PM PDT, anyone with an All Access Membership will see their Marketplace discount raised to 20% off!

Discuss this on the EverQuest or EverQuest II official forums.

Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

The monthly live event Moonlight Enchantments starts tonight! The grottos will open on the 20th at 12:01am PT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PT. The time applies directly with no conversion to all servers. Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!

Patch Notes - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Here are the patch notes for the Tuesday, May 19th update:


POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
F.S. Distillery: Distill or Be Killed [Heroic]
A stuck rum bottle during the encounter with Grogmogo can now be interacted with.

ABILITIES / ALTERNATE ADVANCEMENT
Beastlord
Feral Stance will now apply final ability damage to pets when over level 96.

Paladin
Corrected an issue with Amends III that caused it to lose effectiveness when upgrading from expert to master. Master and Grandmaster are now more potent.

Conjuror
Earthquake will now also interrupt.

TRADESKILLS
The recipe for Unyielding Will (Grandmaster) is now located in Fighter Grandmaster Recipes Volume IV.

ITEMS

  • Pure Malice and Deception I, II and III effects will now apply to pets.
  • Killing Chamber's proc buff will now show in maintained spells.

Downtime - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

US servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7am PT for an update. EU servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9pm PT for an update (5am London Time on May 13, 2015). Both sets of servers are expected to have one hour of downtime.

Here are the update notes:


POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
General

  • Werner Thunderleg will now cast Total Domination correctly.

F.S. Distillery: Beggars and Blighters [Raid]

  • Kildiun the Drunkard has had his health increased.

MERCENARIES

  • Katastra Vilehex now has a more tank focused buff package.

ITEMS

  • Corrected an issue with Offensive Focus effects that prevented them from working for some classes.
  • Sigil of Defiance will now grant melee skills and defense instead of casting skills.

Downtime - Thursday, May 7, 2015

US live servers will be brought offline on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:00AM PDT for an update. EU servers will be brought offline on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 9:00PM PDT for an update (Approx. 5:00AM London Time on May 8, 2015). Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is one hour.

The update notes are below.

Duck Mounts Arrive in Norrath

It's been a long time coming. After well over a year of player campaigning duck mounts have finally come to Norrath. You'll find them in the in-game store for 1950 Daybreak Cash, and they come in a variety of plumage: Midnight Waterfowl (black duck), Waterfowl (Mallard duck), and Winter Waterfowl (white duck). The Quacken, which is a yellow duck, will only be available for two weeks, and will migrate away from the Marketplace at noon Pacific on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Enjoy our fine feathered friends!  And look below the jump for the video story of the duck mount.

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.

Patch Notes - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Servers came offline earlier today for a weekly update. Patch notes are available after the jump.

Additionally, there will be a quick general Daybreak Games maintenance at 10AM PDT today (Tuesday, May 5th). Game/Forum/Web logins may be impacted for up to one hour.

The Freeport City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is the beginning of May, bringing us the Freeport City Festival! The festival begins on May 1st at 12:01am PDT and runs until May 7th at 11:59pm PDT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in the Commonlands, between The Crossroads and the Freeport Griffon Tower.

Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and don't forget to check out the four City Festival achievements (listed under Live Events in your journal).

An Aether Race will also be available in Commonlands during the festival. Participate and achieve a time of 119 seconds or less to earn the Portal Jumper prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee just up the ramp from the Commonlands dock.

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."