Downtime - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

US servers will come down on November 12, 2014 at 7am PT/10am ET for an update. Estimated downtime is one hour. EU servers will come down at 9pm PT (5am GMT on Nov 13) for the patch. Expected downtime for is two hours.

Patch notes are available after the jump.

The Heroes' Festival is Back!

The Heroes' Festival, EverQuest II's annual live event first introduced in 2009, will make its return tonight! The event is scheduled to run from 12:01am PST on Friday, November 7th through 11:59pm PST on Monday, November 17th.

While the older quests are expected to make a return in Freeport and Qeynos, we should also have some new content to celebrate the 10th anniversary! Heroes' Festival did not make an appearance on Test this year because the devs wanted to have the new content be fresh when it landed on Live, so we'll be staying up late tonight to add whatever is new in as soon as it launches. UPDATE: New quest - The Play's the Thing!

Centered primarily at the Claymore in Qeynos Capitol District and Execution Plaza in the City of Freeport, players can participate in several event quests, visit the Heroes' Festival merchant and check out associated achievements. For those of you with far too many alts check out our Heroes' Festival Quest Tracker!

EverQuest II: The Aerakyn Are Coming

EverQuest II will be releasing its new player race, the Aerakyn, on November 11, 2014. The race is a stand-alone feature, not tied in any way to the Altar of Malice expansion (which releases the same day to All Access members), and will be available for purchase through a variety of offerings in the Station Cash Marketplace.

We spoke to Creative Director Akil "Lyndro" Hooper and Senior Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale about the Aerakyn, their features and abilities, and more.

Patch Notes - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All servers came down for the weekly hotfix this morning. Here are the patch notes:


GENERAL

The City Festival Starts Tonight!

With all the excitement of Nights of the Dead and Altar of Malice beta it'd be easy to forget that November 1st will bring us the Freeport City Festival!  The festival is planned to start on November 1st at 12:01am PDT and run until November 7th at 11:59pm PST. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in the Commonlands between the Crossroads and the Freeport Griffon Tower.

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 near the docks.

Downtime - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Both US and EU servers will come down on October 28, 2014 at 7am PT (2pm BST) for an update. Expected downtime for both sets of servers is two hours. Here is the patch note:


GENERAL
Beta mounts should no longer spam a failure when zoning if you are below level 95.

Altar of Malice: CE Mount Gets an Upgrade

Still not sure which version of Altar of Malice you want to buy? Just announced tonight, the Collector's Edition "Striped Savage Pterodon" mount will give a host of benefits starting at level 95:

  • +20% Crit Bonus
  • +20% Potency
  • +115 Crit Chance
  • +3000 Power
  • +10,000 Max Health
  • +3000 vs arcane, noxious and elemental damage

Check out all of the expansion pricing details and bonus items here.

EverQuest II: Altar of Malice Preview

Altar of Malice marks the 11th expansion for EverQuest II. First announced at SOE Live 2014, the expansion will add two new overland zones as well as several new Advanced Solo, Heroic and Raid dungeons. The level cap will increase from 95 to 100 for adventuring, tradeskill and guild levels, and both tradeskillers and adventurers alike can enjoy a variety of new quests and collections.

Purchasing the expansion will include last year's Tears of Veeshan content. Chains of Eternity and prior expansions will be set as free for everyone, excluding the Age of Discovery feature pack, which will continue to be sold on the Marketplace.

We recently joined Senior Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale and Creative Director Akil "Lyndro" Hooper for a preview of some of the zones we'll get to visit in Altar of Malice, as well as some extra tidbits of info about the expansion.

Downtime - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

US servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at approximately 7:00AM PDT, with an estimated downtime of one hour.  EU servers will be brought offline at approximately 5:00AM London Time on October 22. Estimated downtime is 2 hours.

IMPORTANT NOTE: SOE has also announced a two hour downtime for all their systems starting at 5:00am PDT on the same day. Patch notes are available after the jump.

SOE Maintenance Notice: October 21, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced a two hour maintenance for all their games starting at 5:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. This is expected to last two hours and will impact these SOE services:

  • Players may 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 conversion tool to help you plan.