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EverQuest II Producer's Letter: May/June News

Holly "Windstalker" Longdale released a May/June Producer's Letter yesterday evening, recapping the recent additions and discussing what we can expect over the coming months. Content and features in the work are:

  • Matchmaking code is being worked on and they hope it will be in beta testing soon
  • Dungeon Finder 2.0 will be address after the matchmaking code is stable
  • Older currencies will be converted into something useful; new status items and a status merchant revamp
  • Placeable NPCs for decorators that can be dressed (akin to mannequins)
  • Fabled Deathtoll

In addition to the above, the unnamed expansion pack (which will raise level cap to 100) is still in the works:

The artwork is outstanding and so is the content! We are working on a variety of themes again, one of them we have hinted at with dinosaur-like creatures. But that’s just one of many. Our new Terrain Tool has been incredible for creating really amazing areas which we’ll be showing you before too long!

Finally, a "Gear Up, Level Up" program will begin, with these bonuses for June:

All Access members will receive the following bonuses and discounts:

  • Double-Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (4x the rewards)!
  • 25% XP Bonus
  • Expansion discount (still working on the details for this)
  • 25% Off Heroic Characters
Free players also get some bonuses. They receive:
  • Double Etyma in Tears of Veeshan (2x the rewards)!
  • Also eligible for an expansion discount.

You can check out and discuss the entire Producer's Letter over on the official site or after the jump.

Downtime - Friday, May 16, 2014

Just before 11am Pacific this announcement appeared on the official forums:

Status: 5/16/2014 10:47 PDT - EQ2 US, Europe, Russia and Japan Worlds are coming down at 11am PDT for a quick update. Estimated down time 1 hour.

Here's the patch note:


POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Temple of Veeshan: Dreadscale's Maw
The spell "Pressing Luck" should no longer grow based on the number of players it hits. Instead it should grow based on the number of times it hits each player respectively.

SOE: Limited Customer Service Today

Sony Online Entertainment has announced through its various social media accounts:

We will have limited customer support today with the wildfires/closures impacting San Diego. Phones are closed, but help is still available through tickets/chat/ingame.

We sincerely hope that everyone in California is staying safe!

Downtime - Thursday, May 15, 2014

ALL servers will come down on May 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time for a patch. The expected downtime is approximately 40 minutes. This update is to resolve an exploit in a ToV raid zone. There are no patch notes.

Downtime - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ALL servers will come down on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (May 14th, 2014 at 2:00 PM GMT) for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. Here are the patch notes:


POPULATION / ZONE PROGRESSION
Temple of Veeshan: The Dreadscale’s Maw
Zoning a raid force into the zone should no longer put players into their own separate instances.

Izshrah’Khar: Stratum of the Protectors
Shazzak now only spawns five Fragments per phase in order to address an issue that was causing certain characters to crash to character select. The Fragments’ damage has been increased to compensate for fewer Fragments.

ITEMS
Experience gain on the Tear of Veeshan Spiritstones has been tripled.

Downtime - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

US servers will come down on May 13th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET May 14th, 2014) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately 2 hours.

The patch notes are below.

Downtime - Friday, May 9, 2014

ALL servers will come down on May 9th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (May 9th, 2014 at 2:00 PM GMT) for an update. The expected downtime is approximately two hours. Here are the patch notes:


GENERAL

  • Fixed a bug where you would not get credit for the High Keep guildhall if you were grouped with a merc, or players who are not in your guild, when you claimed the items.
  • Fixed a bug where you could not use PayPal to purchase Station Cash.