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The Freeport City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is the beginning of May, bringing us the Freeport City Festival! The festival begins on May 1st at 12:01am PDT and runs until May 7th at 11:59pm PDT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in the Commonlands, between The Crossroads and the Freeport Griffon Tower.

Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and don't forget to check out the four City Festival achievements (listed under Live Events in your journal).

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 just up the ramp from the Commonlands dock.

John Smedley Explains Recent Interview Comments

During a recent interview, Daybreak President John Smedley was quoted as stating the following:

"I firmly believe the days of the WoW-style MMO are over," Smedley said. "And that means we have to change with the times. Luckily, we were kind of early on that bus as opposed to late. But we're changing what we're making. Look at H1Z1. Is it an MMO? Sure, by definition, but I would consider it a session-based online game with a lot of people. And I say that because the average life expectancy in H1Z1 might be 45 minutes, and that's what today's gamers want. How many people do you still know that are still raiding in WoW every night, or EverQuest and EverQuest II? It's just the time commitment necessary has changed so much. That means we need to change with the times, and we are. So we're getting interested in a broader array of games and gaming styles."

Today he took to Reddit to explain the above. The full response is after the jump; here's the main point of it here:

"I was asked in the interview about what things we're doing differently for our new games going forward and that's when I said we're focused on shorter session times because not many people have the time anymore to spend on a 4 hour raid.

"Don't mistake that comment for me not believing in raiding or knowing that there are a ton of people that play MMOs that still absolutely love to do it! We also plan on continuing to support EQ, and EQ2 for the very long haul and providing exactly the kind of cool content our players have expected. None of that is changing."

EQII: Unscheduled Downtime

EverQuest II servers are down for an emergency hotfix. According to Holly "Windstalker" Longdale, it's "because a designer broke...uh...death... ."

Here's the update notes:


POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
F.S. Distillery: The Rum Cellar [solo]

  • Fixed a crash that would occasionally happen in the rum cellar solo zone.
  • The radius in which some of the guards will see you along the Rum Run and near Kildiun before sending you to jail has been slightly reduced.
  • Portia Rumuffin should no longer be stuck with her secret recipe buff.

F.S. Distillery: Distill or Be Killed [Heroic]

  • Any party members still within the sugarcane press will be freed upon defeating Yipnik.

ITEMS

  • The Fishbone Earring's water breathing effect is no longer removed upon zoning, relogging, or death.

Downtime - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

US live servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7am PDT for an update. EU servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9pm PDT (5am London Time) for an update. Expected downtime for both sets of servers is one hour.

Here are the update notes:


POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
F.S. Distillery: The Rum Cellar [solo]

  • The zone entry warning message will now only show for players that do not have the "Exchange of Favors" quest.

ITEMS

  • Rumsoaked Cloth Sandles is now spelled correctly.

QUESTS

  • Drink is the Key - The sign text on the steam valves now identify that the proper tool must be equipped.
  • Drowning in Drink - Quest now rewards "Jaestern's Prestige Reserve" or "Busted Far Seas Crate" house item each time.
  • Drowning in Drink - "Lift Key" has been renamed "Fermentation Tank Lift Key".

Rum Cellar Downtime - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Players will NOT be able to play this campaign until after this patch has completed, even if they purchase the campaign prior to this maintenance.

US and EU servers, as well as the EQ2 website, will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7am PT (~3pm London Time) for the Rum Cellar campaign patch. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately three hours.

For more details about Rum Cellar and to help contribute to its guides, check out our wiki page. Patch notes are now available after the jump.

Daybreak Unveils New Site and Logo

Daybreak Game Company finally unveiled their revamped website and logo after months of waiting. The new logo features the eye of an owl who appears to be glaring at the rising sun. As for the website, www.daybreakgames.com is finally active and has received a makeover. The top part has jumbo-sized features while the bottom allows you to navigate between their different posts and social media feeds. Also of note: Station Cash is now called "Daybreak Cash" on the new site (it's just renamed; your balances remain the same).

What do you think of the new logo and website? Check after the jump for more info on celebration livestreams and in-game bonuses happening this week. UPDATE: A letter from Smed to the community is also below the jump.

Daybreak Maintenance: Monday, April 27, 2015

Daybreak Games will perform a general maintenance beginning at 7:00AM PDT on Monday, April 27th. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is three to five hours, depending on the service.

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

  • Commerce functions, including purchases, for all games
  • Game logins
  • Web logins for all Daybreak sites, including account creation
  • Forum access (login, posting, and viewing abilities) for all Daybreak games.

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