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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.

Altar of Malice Expansion Goodies

SOE has announced the pricing and goodies included in the Altar of Malice expansion. An important point of interest: unlike previous expansions, this one cannot be pre-ordered. That means that the Collector's Edition will not have a discounted price at any point. As mentioned at SOE Live, Altar of Malice will include the Tears of Veeshan expansion, while Chains of Eternity will become free (Age of Discovery will remain as separate items in the Marketplace).

Full details below!

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!

Save on Station Cash at GameStop!

Sony Online Entertainment and GameStop have teamed up to save you some bucks on Station Cash!

Receive $5 off when you purchase any of the SOE pre-paid game cards at GameStop, valid October 13th - October 28th, 2014. This promotion is valid at US GameStop locations only.

While some snafus were initially reported with this promotion, SOE has posted that they've been resolved, and we were able to receive this discount when purchasing cards today.

Downtime - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Both US and EU servers will come down on October 14, 2014 at 7am PT (3pm BST) for an update. Expected downtime for US servers is one hour; downtime for EU is two hours.

The patch notes are below.