LU19 Press Release

Sony Online Entertainment MEDIA ALERT


EVERQUEST II LIVE UPDATE 19 SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2
Update to Incorporate New Character Progression, All-New Tutorial, Content Overhaul

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – January 27, 2006 – Sony Online Entertainment announced their preparations for the 19th update to EverQuest II, slated to launch on game servers February 2. This update will bring significant changes to the game, and is a precursor to the launch of the new Player vs. Player game servers, scheduled for late February.

The most noticeable addition to this update is the new Character Progression system. The gradual Archetype progression has been changed, and players will be able to choose their final class at the beginning of the game, rather than working their way up to level 20. This change means that the class system will be a more unique experience for players at low levels, and give players access to unique spells and abilities that set their class apart. Newly-created characters will also begin with new class-specific gear that will further differentiate players and make the world feel more diverse.

The game’s Tutorial section has also been dramatically changed. SOE would like to bid a fond farewell to Captain Varlos and the good ship Far Journey, as new players will now begin on one of two new islands, either the Outpost of the Overlord (evil) or the Queen’s Colony (good). The islands still serve as a “newbie” introduction to the game, but are much different from each other and contain a number of quests to get players started.

In addition to benefits for new players, one of the best dungeons in EQII, Solusek’s Eye, is receiving a content overhaul, with new high-level action and rewards for players in the late 40s – 50s level range. This awe-inspiring dungeon is now the home to new, powerful items, including fiery red equipment to match the dungeon’s theme. Additionally, the new quests create a foundation for the storyline that will develop in Kingdom of Sky, the next EQII expansion scheduled for February 21.

Additional changes in Live Update 19 include: changes to Mentoring to make it more fun for those helping their lower-level friends; the ability to send cross-faction mail (good characters can now send items and coin to evil characters and vice versa); a cleaner and clearer Adventure writs system; expanded vault storage space in some of the premium player housing; and tons of tweaks to the game’s user interface.

Since EQII’s launch in November 2004 there have been literally thousands of changes and augmentations made to the game. SOE is very excited about the upcoming live addition of PvP to Everquest II, as well as the arrival of Kingdom of Sky, both scheduled for February 21.

The following information provides a detailed description of the additions in Everquest II Live Update 19:

*** New Character Progression ***

Character Creation

New Tutorial Islands

Professions

Racial Quest Paths

Upon leaving the island and arriving in your home village or district, you will begin a new series of quests designed specifically for your race.

These quests will provide a greater understanding of your race's history and how it fits into the fabric of your home city.

Adventure Yard Quests

Completing your racial quest path will guide you to your city's adventure yards. The adventure yards have new population and quest lines that feel more a part of each city.

New rewards await those who complete these quests!

Citizenship

The citizenship quest is gone. You earn citizenship on the tutorial island and become a citizen when you leave it.

There is no longer a cap on your ability to level up due to a citizenship restriction.

City Betrayal

The city betrayal quests currently remain as they were. These quests will be changing significantly in a future update. For example, you will be able to betray your city at any level.

*** Dungeon Exploration ***

Solusek's Eye

A new group of residents have been spotted setting up camp in Solusek's Eye, at the site of the Solusek Mining Co. of old.

Check out this highly dangerous, highly rewarding dungeon for new quests as well as high-risk adventure!

*** Mentoring ***

Your high level spells are now useable (at a reduced effectiveness) when you mentor a lower level player. No more messing with your hotbar when you want to help out a friend!

Most spells will no longer drop or suspend when you start mentoring a lower-level player. Instead, they now adjust themselves accordingly.

*** Writs ***

*** The Norrathian Express ***

Much to the chagrin of both Antonia Bayle and the Overlord, the Norrathian Express has expanded its services.

Citizens of Qeynos and Freeport can now mail each other items and coin.

*** Housing ***

The Qeynos Exchange and Freeport Reserve have expanded their business and now allow those with more prestigious homes access to expanded vault facilities.

*** User Interface Improvements ***

General:

Broker Window:

Commands:

Groups and Raids:

Information:

Mouse Behavior Modification (No mice were hurt during this process):

Quests:

Waypoint Wisps:

Created: 2006-01-28 10:29:11          
Last Modified By: Niami Denmother          
Last Modified on: 2006-01-28 04:32:44          


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