EverQuest & EverQuest II Producer's Letters

UPDATE - Saturday February 14:

  • Daybreak had connection issues overnight; forums are back up, but login may not be completely stable yet. It is being worked on.
  • 12:30pm ET: Smed, Holly and Emily (Domino) have all confirmed that there are DDOS attacks going on. They're doing what they can, but expect things to be unstable until it's mitigated.
  • 3:30pm ET: Everything should be back online now!
  • Holly posted a bit more this morning on the EQ2 forums, and twice on the EQ forums, both of which we've included after the jump.
  • If you're unfamiliar with Holly, read this comment.

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale, now the Executive Producer for both EverQuest & EverQuest II, has posted letters on the EverQuest and EverQuest II forums. She introduces herself to EverQuest players, and offers reassurances that both games will continue development.

You can read and comment on both letters (linked above) on the official game forums. The main point seems to be to invite everyone to livestreams. Here's the info:

EverQuest Livestream:

EverQuest II Livestream:

Layoffs Begin at Daybreak Games

UPDATE, Feb 12th: Thanks to everyone who has reached out to us regarding this news. I doubt we'll get an exhaustive list, but it's obvious that the community team, producers and developers were all hit pretty hard. You can contact us at news@zam.com or directly to @Cyliena on Twitter if you have more information.

One year ago I took the above picture of a smiling Linda "Brasse" Carlson, the Director of Community Relations, in her expertly handmade dwarven regalia, on the Sony Online Entertainment campus.

About an hour ago the first confirmed layoff from the transition to Daybreak Games hit, with Linda posting on Facebook that "I have been released from the best and most challenging job I have ever had. I thank you all for being part of that incredible experience. Too many people to thank personally, but know that I am extraordinarily grateful and very curious where life takes me now."

Linda isn't the only one affected. EverQuest franchise Director of Development Dave "Smokejumper" Georgeson has confirmed now on Twitter that he was laid off. EverQuest II artist Aaron "Gnobrin" Bisnett has also confirmed that he is gone, and we've been told that Systems Designer Akil "Lyndro" Hooper (confirmed now) from EQ/EQ2 has been let go as well.

Also confirmed are Adam "Ngreth" Bell (EQ dev) (x), Tiffany "Amnerys" Spence (Community) (x), Racheal "Afista" McKenny (EQ2 Community) (x), Endymion (EQ2 dev) (x), Eric "Felgon" Smith (Landmark/EQNext producer) (x), Noah Watkins (H1Z1 artist) (x), Steve "Moorgard" Danuser (EQNext Lead Content/Story Designer) (x), Kelduum Revaan (H1Z1 Technical Designer) (x), Aimee "Ashlanne" Rekoske (Community) (x), David Carey (PS2 producer) (x), Jeffrey Bard (EQ2 dev) (x) and Michael "Xelgad" Ganz (EQ2 dev) (x). There are likely many more, but these are the only ones we publicly know of at this time; a list on Reddit has a few more names not mentioned here.

On Thursday, February 12th, both H1Z1 developer Ryan Elam (x) and PlanetSide 2 Creative Director Matt Higby announced their voluntary resignations.

Colette "Dexella" Murphey posted the company's official statement; here are the key points:

Last week we announced that we were acquired and are now operating independently as Daybreak Game Company.

Unfortunately, this realignment means adjusting staffing as well. We announced today that we will eliminate positions in our San Diego and Austin studios.

These reductions will not affect the operation of our current games and as mentioned above, will help better position our company for future success.

Daybreak's full statement is found after the jump. Tiffany "Amnerys" Spence has discussed turning over a new leaf on her blog, while former PlanetSide 2 producer David Carey posted an insightful public note to the community regarding the layoffs over on Reddit.

We wish the best to everyone involved.

Downtime - Thursday, February 12, 2015

All US servers came down for a weekly hotfix this morning. EU servers will come down at 9pm PT (5am London Time). Here are the patch notes:


  • Map Fog has been removed.


  • Expert Spells of a higher tier will now do more damage than the same spell Master previous tier. For example: Level 91 Faith Strike (Expert) will now do more damage than level 81 Faith Strike (Master).


  • Bound transmutation stones purchased from the loyalty merchant may now be transmuted correctly.
  • Corrected an issue where some pvp adornment added red gem armor lost its ability mod.


  • Altar of Malice and Tears of Veeshan Weekly Missions are now classified as Weekly Missions in the Quest Journal.
  • Altar of Malice Weekly Solo Dungeon, Weekly Heroic Dungeon and Weekly Raid missions will now award Malice Gemstones.

Patch Notes - February 10, 2015

The servers went down this morning at 4am PT to bring you this update:

Ossuary: Choir of T'Vyl [Event Heroic]

  • Legionnaire Spirits should be less punishing.
  • One player in the group should be able to see Ubis the Dagger when he shrouds himself.


  • Destructive Rage (Ancient) will now also boosts strikethrough for raid members.


  • Cyan adornments will drop in Altar of Malice contested zones more frequently.
  • Transmutation Stones have been added to the drop tables in Altar of Malice contested zones and Loyalty Merchant. These stones have the chance to transmute into up to 5 Polished Mana.
  • Tier 1 Raid armor (red gem) has been increased in power in almost all cases.

Downtime - Thursday, February 5, 2015

ANOTHER UPDATE:  Afista posted on the official forums:

It looks like they went ahead and still pushed out the US update as soon as it was ready to go. There should have been an in-game message to alert everyone the servers were coming down, so I apologize that it did not happen : /

At this time, EU servers are still scheduled for 9pm EST.

UPDATE:  This update has been delayed, and is now scheduled for 5pm PST for US Servers and 9:00PM PST (5:00AM London Time) for EU servers. We've updated the original notice accordingly.  There are still no update notes.

ALL US servers will be brought offline Thursday, February 5 , 2015 at approximately 5pm PST for a Hotfix. Estimated downtime is 1 hour. EU servers will be brought offline on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at approximately 9pm PST (approx. 5am London Time on February 6, 2015). Estimated downtime is 2 hours. Here is the patch note:

Agnostic Dungeons will no longer drop level 90-100 masters.

Erollisi Day Returns to Norrath!

Erollisi Day Returns on February 5th!

In celebration of the Goddess of Love and the Hunt, the Sisterhood of Erollisi, along with Aaronolis Swornlove, will be seeking assistance in New Halas throughout Erollisi Day. Dalron Pinot and his cheesy love lines makes a return while Diana Heartstrings and David Torchsong are hopeful that some adventurers will help them play matchmaker. The Hearts a'Flutter contests in Antonica and the Commonlands also return, with a new grand prize to win.

Three new quests can be found this year in Great Divide, Lavastorm and the Thundering Steppes. Creatures around Norrath will be dropping hard candies and love notes again, which can be used in crafting, consolidated into a single type, or exchanged for event currency. Spend your Erollisi Coins at Steven and Douglas, who are found in the East Freeport or Qeynos Harbor. Douglas offers eight new merchant goodies this year, including love-themed flight wings. Steven's newest recipe scroll has 14 additional holiday themed items to craft.

Get in the mood of Erollisi Day this year with ZAM's YouTube playlists, featuring the songs that are the namesake of many of the Erollisi Day quests! Both the full and lite lists have been updated to include the three newest quests.

Erollisi Day will begin at 12:01am PST on February 5th and end at 11:59pm PST on February 18th. Don't forget to keep your alts in order with our Erollisi Day Quest Tracker, and continue after the jump to check out the first edition of the new fan-run Norrathian Chronicles video series, featuring all things Erollisi!

Downtime - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

All US live servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at approximately 7am PT. EU servers will be brought offline at 9pm PT on Tuesday, February 3, 2014 (5am London Time on February 4th). Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is one hour.

Patch notes are available after the jump.

Columbus Nova Acquires Sony Online Entertainment

UPDATE: Linda "Brasse" Carlson confirmed there will be no convention this year. "For those asking about SOE Live: we are taking a hiatus from our annual Live event to shift our focus to our exciting transition and the future of Daybreak Game Company."

This morning, Sony Online Entertainment announced that it was acquired by a company called Columbus Nova and will be rebranded as "Daybreak Game Company." SOE will operate as an independant studio and will even branch out into the Xbox platform.

The Kelethin City Festival Starts Tonight!

The Kelethin City Festival is back! It will run from February 1st at 12:01am PT through February 7th at 11:59pm PT. The Far Seas Caravan can be found in Greater Faydark on the Green Knoll. Visit the caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and check out the Greater Faydark Aether Race!

Downtime - Thursday, January 29, 2014

All US live servers will be brought offline on Thursday January 29, 2015 at approximately 7am PT. EU servers will be brought offline at 5am London Time on Friday, January 30, 2015. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is one hour.

The update notes are available after the jump.