Recent Issues Plague Users

EverQuest II players have been plagued by login and zoning issues recently. Today Justin “Jamiss” Michael, EQII Developer, posted a fix on the official forums. It seems that players who at some time manually edited their hosts file to sidestep some DNS issues might have to revert those changes:

Very important! If you are experiencing zoning or login issues, please double check your hosts file (C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts) and verify that there are no hosts defined in there for any of our services. There could be web addresses for soe.com, everquest2.com, and more in there. If they are in there, please remove them or comment them out.

Our launchpad and game would not have modified these files and we cannot modify them to what they should be. Changing it had to be done by someone at the PC. This was very likely done in response to DNS issues that occurred in July referenced here: http://eq2wire.com/2014/07/15/manually-map-dns-so-you-can-access-soe-games-websites-forums/

I will reiterate. Changing this file is not something that our LaunchPad or game can or should do. The hosts file requires user input to be modified.

Feldon of EQ2 Wire has edited his original post, referenced above, with instructions for reversing the changes.

Next, as reported by Niami Denmother  on EQ2 Trader's Corner. the in-game MotD states that there's an issue with mission givers in Altar of Malice and they have been removed from the game.

Update: Carlos “Gninja” Mora, EQII Developer responded to the AoM Missions issue this morning:

It is getting fixed and it is getting fixed right. We would rather get it right the first time and take an extra day to put in the needed testing than to rush it out and potentially make things worse. Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

Patch Notes for February 25, 2015

Here are the patch notes for tomorrow morning's game update (servers due up around 10:30 A.M. Pacific Time / 1:30 P.M. Eastern Time):

*** Highlights ***

- EverQuest's 16th anniversary is approaching soon! Look for new and old celebration events appearing in the Plane of Knowledge starting on March 16th! As always, the Mechanical Fortune Teller can direct you to events that are available.
- As requested at SOE Live 2014, a new item has been added to the marketplace: Hero's Forge Armor Crate! Combine a full matching suit of Hero's Forge Armor (Helm, Chest, Arms, Wrist, Hands, Legs, Feet) in the Hero's Forge Armor Crate to receive a single, stackable item. The Hero's Forge Armor Crate can only be used once.
- Tricorne hats are now available for participation in The Darkened Sea beta. The hat can be converted into an ornament if you have Hero's Forge.

Sid Meier's Starships: Coming Soon!

This afternoon Firaxis announced that Sid Meier's Starships will release on March 12, 2015. The game will be available for $14.99 on PC, Mac and the iPad.

Shadow of Mordor: The Bright Lord DLC

The latest DLC for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is now available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC! In The Bright Lord story mission, play as Celebrimbor, the Elven Lord who forged the Rings of Power and return to Middle-earth thousands of years before the events of Shadow of Mordor.

Patch Notes - February 24, 2015

Daybreak Games has published update notes for Tuesday, February 24, 2015. There has been no downtime announcement, so until we hear otherwise we are assuming it's concurrent with the general maintenance scheduled for three hours starting at 7am Pacific. We'll update this notice if we get better information.

The notes are below.

Daybreak General Maintenance: February 24, 2015

Daybreak Games has announced a general maintenence affecting all their games:

Attention players: we will perform a general maintenance beginning at 7:00AM Pacific on Tuesday, February 24th. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is up to three hours.

This maintenance may impact the following Daybreak services across all games:

  • Commerce functions, including purchases, for all games
  • Game logins
  • Web and forum logins for all Daybreak sites, including account creation

Thank you for your patience as we complete this maintenance.

Here's our handy Time Zone Conversation Tool to help you plan.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae Screenshots

This morning saw the release of 15 fresh screenshots from the Final Fantasy XV -Episode Duscae- demo. They feature the environment of the Duscae region, the camp system, as well as some Noctis and his party. The demo itself will be available with the Day One edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Click on any image below to enlarge it.

Wowhead Weekly Episode 25

Join Olivia and Perculia once again for Wowhead Weekly: Episode 25! This week the ladies discuss Patch 6.1 changes and guides, the Lunar Festival, Iron Docks being postponed and more.

EverQuest Q&A: February 18, 2015

On February 18, 2015 the EverQuest team held a livestream Q&A to answer questions provided by players on our official forums and Twitch chat. This stream includes Jonathan "Prathun" Caraker, Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, Ry "Roshen" Schueller (community), Jenn Chan, Kevin Lydy and Ed "Aristo" Hardin.

EQNext & Landmark Q&A Livestream (Recap)

The Daybreak EverQuest Next and Landmark team (above picture, left to right) of Rosie Rappaport, Michael Mann, Steve Klug, Terry Michaels, Darrin McPherson, Colette "Dexella" Murphy (community) and Emily "Pentapod" Taylor livestreamed a Q&A session this evening. Questions were taken from social media, the forums and leftovers from previous livestreams. Below are the notes we took, which are categorized for our sanity.

Highlights

There were a few important things mentioned during the livestream tonight:

  • Terry Michaels is leading the team; there's still many people (not all-new people, either) working on the games (see the pic of them in the hallway further down)
  • Daybreak is no longer working with Storybricks. They are utilizing the work that was already done, but the relationship between the two companies is now over.
  • Landmark open beta will be "when we're ready", according to Emily. They don't want to commit to a date; development is always moving toward it. Once the team has a date, they will share it.
  • Free-to-Play: There was an interesting response to whether or not Landmark and EverQuest Next will remain F2P. Terry stated that at the moment they think the games will keep that model, but they're unwilling to commit to saying that's how it will remain by the time it launches. Some more discussion ensued on the topic, basically saying that many monetization models could work for the game. (Personal opinion? Go with B2P, guys!)

Near the end of the stream, there was discussion over a question regarding a final plan for the game. Darrin pointed out that a lot of research and development constantly goes into a product like this, and the discussion was a bit unclear beyond that point from my end. My interpretation of this response, based on the earlier discussion of when Landmark will hit open beta, is that the team only plans the next several months at a time and may not have set in advance solid milestones to hit to say the games are ready to roll into the next phase.

Here's the rest!