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The City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is February, which means it's time for the Kelethin City Festival! The festival is planned to start on February 1st at 12:01am PT and will run until February 7th at 11:59pm PT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in Greater Faydark on the Green Knoll, just down the ramp from landing platform for the World Bell.

Sanya Farshore, the General Goods merchant, now features an ameythst stained glass oval, which costs 5 City Tokens. The fireworks launchers from the old Summer Fireworks Festival will begin appearing on the Local Specialty merchant as well! 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 Greater Faydark during the festival. Participate and finish the race in 94 seconds or less to earn the Bixie Barstormer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near the Kelethin world bell.

Downtime - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The US servers will come down on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00PM PT (6:00AM CET January 29th) for the same update. Downtime is anticipated to be two hours.

Full patch notes are available after the jump.

SOE All Access Membership Details

Last week, SOE unveiled their membership changes:

On or about April 2nd, we will be rolling out a simple, new All Access membership plan full of value. In the new All Access plan, members will be able to:

  • Claim 500 Station Cash monthly from within the game marketplaces.
  • Receive a 10% discount on marketplace purchases.
  • Gain access to exclusive promotions and offers throughout the year.

And we’ve gone a step further…
We will be upgrading all existing individual game memberships to the new All Access plan, which will include the top-tier membership level in all eligible SOE games (EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online PC, PlanetSide 2 PC, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and the upcoming EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark) for one, low monthly rate of $14.99 (with extra savings for 3, 6 and 12 month plans). We’re also finalizing membership benefits to other games such as Dragon’s Prophet and will share these new updates as available.

Some players may have special subscription rates and have been concerned about losing the value of their plan. According to SOE's FAQ:

Q: I am grandfathered in under a special legacy promotional program or locked-in rate and want to make sure I don’t lose my status! How do I find out how I am affected?
A: Our goal is to honor all special rates and programs for our players. Please contact Customer Service with any special concerns you may have!

Feedback threads are available on the EverQuest and EverQuest II forums regarding the changes.

SOE Announces More Game Closures

This afternoon Sony Online Entertainment has announced that they will be closing Free Realms, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and Wizardry Online later this year. Closure dates are:

SOE President John Smedley held a Reddit AMAA this evening, which can be viewed in its entirety here. I took the opportunity to inquire about Free Realms on my daughter's behalf, and here is his response. EQ2 Wire has a breakdown of many of Smedley's replies as well.

Downtime - Thursday, January 23, 2014

The US servers will come down on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00AM Pacific Time for an update. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. Full patch notes are available after the jump.

SOE Talks About the Year of EverQuest

This year marks a huge milestone for Sony Online Entertainment. Its flagship title, EverQuest, will turn 15 years old in March, and in early November, EverQuest II will celebrate its 10th birthday. To add to the celebrations, EverQuest Next Landmark will soon launch into its Alpha testing phase.

SOE will host a public celebration event on January 31, 2014 at its headquarters in San Diego. Developers will be on site to chat with players, a 15-minute demo of Landmark will be available (be prepared to sign an NDA for it, though), there’s been talk of SOE building tours to see where the devs work, and the community team will be livestreaming the event for those who cannot attend in person.

We got the chance to chat with EverQuest Senior Producer Thom Terrazas, EverQuest II Senior Producer Holly Longdale, EverQuest Next Landmark Senior Producer Terry Michaels and the EverQuest Franchise Director of Development Dave Georgeson about what players can expect to see in the coming months.

Moonlight Enchantments Start Tonight!

The monthly live event Moonlight Enchantments starts tonight! The grottos will open on the 20th at 12:01am PT and close on the 21st at 11:59pm PT. The time applies directly with no conversion to all servers. Check out our Moonlight Enchantments guide and peek at the rewards!