UPDATE 9:48am PST (Dec 7): Servers are being reported as back up! Go play!
In the comments section is also a very long quoted explanation of the overnight downtime that was posted by SOE's CTO on the EQ2 forums.
UPDATE 8:15am PST (Dec 7): Just caught this on Twitter: "An update from the team. They are very close to completing the maintenance and doing some final testing. Things are looking very good!"
UPDATE 8:37pm PST (Dec 6): We just saw this from Dave "Smokejumper" Georgeson on Twitter: "Best laid plans of mice. We launch tomorrow at 10am [PST]. The background data scripts took WAY longer to run then anticipated. Sorry all."
7:40pm PST: Everyone get some sleep! Here's the latest update spotted on Facebook:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and Trolls...
We have just evaluated the status of the current update and have come to the conclusion that we can either unlock servers and risk broken content, or ensure that we provide the best experience possible and delay the update to tomorrow morning.
We have to do it RIGHT. For all of you and for all of us.
So please, bear with us, relax overnight, and let us sortie into the new day together. Community will be in office at 7:00am PST and will immediately review status and give you all an update. We are aiming for morning and working as hard as we possibly can.
Yer faithful Dwarf,
5:25pm PST: Latest update spotted on Twitter: "We are unlikely to launch until 8:00 PM PST or later. We are terribly sorry that this maintenance has taken so long. [Isulith]"
4:10pm PST: This was just posted on Facebook and Twitter: "We still do not have an updated ETA for the servers yet. We're very sorry. Please stay tuned and we'll let you know just as soon as we do. Thank you! [Isulith]"
Here's an update on accounts showing the incorrect number of characters:
For those of you concerned about your account status, character slots, etc., please don't panic yet. Accounts migrations are still in progress while servers are down.
When servers come back up, if things are not 100% correct on your account, STILL please do not panic. Proceed directly to our Customer Service team, who will be very happy to help sort things out for you, I promise: http://www.soe.com/support/ (no, not now - see previous paragraph about migrations still in process).
Now, let's all go back to watching and waiting in antici...... pation.
Linda "Brasse" Carlson has posted an update about the downtime:
We have encountered some unforeseen issues that we want to address before unlocking Accounts and Commerce, to ensure that we provide the best possible experience for all our customers. At this time, we expect Accounts and Commerce to come back online this afternoon. We regret that the unlock on EQII servers will also be delayed to this afternoon.
While we have no solid eta at this time, we will continue to update you as quickly as we can as more info becomes available!
I know, I know... I want to build a dungeon with my reforged Beastlord of Doom too!