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EverQuest II Producer's Letter:July/August News

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale, EverQuest II's Senior Producer, posted a Producer's Letter which itemilzes upcomming goodies for EQII. New content includes a Lore and Legend quest, summer Ethereal weapons, a x2 instance called "Ages End: The Final Chapter," Nexus Duo Challenge instance, and new Loyality rewards.  Add to that Tinkerfest, new Moonlight Enchantments content, status point bonus days and Marketplace promotions and it's a busy couple of months!

You can read the entire letter on the official forums, or below after the jump.

SOE Live Premium Pass Contest

The contest has ended!
Congrats to RannDragonsbane!

What could possibly be better than looking at a picture of Sony Online Entertainment's resident dwarf glowing ominously upon EverQuest II's producer? Experiencing a moment like that yourself!

We've teamed up with SOE to give one (1) winner a discount code good for two (2) SOE Live Premium Passes! Continue after the jump for details on how this contest will work!

SOE Live Updates: Extra Space and More

Linda "Brasse" Carlson has been posting updates all over today about SOE Live. SOE has managed to score more seat accomodations (meaning more premium passes can be sold), an experimental improved smart phone signal and more.

Confirmed: increased area of grand ballroom to accommodate 150 more Premium Passes. We will sell tickets online right up to event time (unless we sell out).

Confirmed: hotel has "increased nodes" in ballroom in an attempt to improve smart phone access - to be tested at the event! Initial tests by staff are positive, but huge numbers of people do weird things to cell reception.

Confirmed: Player Got Talent auditions to be accepted SOON - as in tomorrow. Start practising!

Confirmed: International attendees CAN participate in our awesome game tournaments this year!

Confirmed: EverQuest players lead the pack of 1542 people registered with 520 attendees, well in advance of second place EQII with 392.

Confirmed: Dead Carpet event, the Zombie Prom Party - we WILL have a zombie-themed drink special. I hope it does not contain gross lumpy or chunky bits.

Stay tuned for an awesome SOE Live contest launching on ZAM later today!

SOE Maintenance Notice: July 2, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced maintenance on July 2, 2014:

Attention players: we will perform maintenance beginning at 6:00 AM PDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. We expect this maintenance to take approximately two hours. This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Account management
  • Commerce functions, including purchases
  • Game, web and forum logins (between 6:30 and 7:00 AM)

The complete service window could last as long as four hours and may intermittently affect our services outside of the time frames above.

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

Downtime - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

US servers will come down on July 1st, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. Expected downtime is approximately two hours. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET July 2nd, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

The update notes are below.

SOE Live 2014 Panel Schedule Posted

Coinciding with the final day to get your SOE Live All Access badge for $149 (you can get it here) is the release of this year's panel lineup. Since player panels have not been announced, they are not on the schedule yet, and what content will be livestreamed is still unknown. The full schedule is available here and notable panels are:

  • Welcome Ceremony: Thursday, August 14, 7-9pm PT
  • Closing Ceremony/Costume Contest: Saturday, August 16, 8-11pm PT
  • Brunch w/ the Dev Team: Sunday, August 17, 10am-Noon PT
    • Must have paid pass upgrade option to get in
  • EverQuest
    • Expansion Keynote: Friday, August 15, 1-2pm PT 
    • Q&A Part 1: Saturday, August 16, 11am-Noon PT
    • Q&A Part 2: Sunday, August 17, 2-3pm PT
  • EverQuest II
    • Expansion Keynote: Friday, August 15, Noon-1pm PT 
    • AMAA Part 1: Friday, August 15, 1-2pm PT
    • Systems: Saturday, August 16, 1-2pm PT
    • AMAA Part 2: Sunday, August 17, 1-2pm PT
  • EverQuest Next
    • Keynote: Friday, August 15, 10-11am PT
    • Tech Evolution: Friday, August 15, 4-5pm PT
    • Combat & Classes: Saturday, August 16, 11-Noon PT
    • Storybricks: Sunday, August 17, 2-3pm PT

Continue after the jump for Landmark, H1Z1 and miscellaneous panels of interest.

The City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is the beginning of July, bringing us the Gorowyn City Festival! The festival begins on July 1st at 12:01am PDT and runs until July 7th at 11:59pm PDT. You can find the Kella Swampfoot by her boat on the Gorwyn dock and the merchants are inside the cave.

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 Timorous Deep during the festival. Participate and achieve a time of 244 seconds or less to earn the Wind Warden prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee on the Gorowyn dock.