Qeynos City Festival: October 1 - 7

October has arrived and with it the Qeynos City Festival returns to Norrath! The festival will run through October 7th at 11:59pm PDT. It can be found near the bridge to North Qeynos in Antonica. Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods.

An Aether Race will also be available in Antonica during the festival. Participate and achieve a time of 134 seconds or less to earn the Bridge Buzzer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near the Coldwind Point Lighthouse.

SOE Maintenance September 25, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment will perform maintenance beginning at 7:00 AM PDT on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The maintenance is expected to last about two hours. This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Game servers may sporadically lose connection across all games
  • Commerce functions, including purchases for all games
  • Game, web and forum logins for all games

Here's our handy time zone converter to help you plan.

Downtime - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

All servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM PDT. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately one hour. This update includes the performance updates discussed on the official forums. Patch notes are available after the jump.

Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

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

Don't forget there's a Member's-Only Double Experience Weekend starting at Noon PT Friday! 

EverQuest II: Altar of Malice Zone Preview

EverQuest II: Altar of Malice is slated to launch on November 11th for All Access players and November 25th for F2P players. Following the wake of the Ages End saga, players will enter the Shattered Seas to discover what has befallen the Far Seas Trading Company and what mysteries lie in the turmoil waters.

Members-Only Double Experience Weekend!

Announced this morning:

All Access members will receive double adventuring, tradeskill and AA experience between Noon PT on Friday, September 19th and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, September 21st.

Downtime - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All servers will be taken offline on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately one hour. Patch notes are available after the jump.

Meet the New EQ2 Community Manager: Roshen

If you looked at pictures of, or attended, the pool party at SOE Live this year, chances are you saw a shark running around, photobombing people.

Meet Ry "Roshen" Schueller, our new Community Manager.

Our departing CM, Margaret "Luperza" Krohn, announced the change on the forums last night:

We've had a short but sweet journey together. Although I've been a player in this community for a long time, it’s been wonderful being your Community Manager for the last few months.

I am proud of the contributions we have made together in this community, and remain inspired by the passion you all bring to the game with your feedback. We created a new web show series, EverQuest II Insider, that has provided everyone with a sneak peek into the Development Team’s side of the world, and I only foresee it growing further with the love and care of Roshen.

Roshen, who has been on the SOE community team for a few years now, introduced himself as well:

Some of you may already be familiar with me from my work with the EverQuest community, and some articles I've written for EverQuest II over the years. I’m Ry Schueller, and many of you know me as “Roshen.” I've completed a number of quests that will let me unlock the title of Community Manager for EverQuest II after Luperza transitions into other things.

Did you come to SOE Live 2014? You may remember me better as: [shark picture, seen above] (I’m the shark. Not one of the more attractive individuals in the front here).

EverQuest II Insider - Episode #4

This month on EverQuest II Insider Episode #4:

Updated! Watch the entire episode here!

Downtime - Tuesday September 9, 2014

All US servers came down on September 9th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for a hotfix. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET September 10th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately one hour.