EverQuest II: Now With Wings!

By John Walker on January 11th, 2012 at 6:16 pm.

Just really.

I still can’t quite shake off the strangeness of receiving information about a game that came out seven years ago. But EveryQuest II lives on, and of course last month became free to play. But that’s not stopping the updates, and the next is the ability to fly! Treading on Aion’s toes, the old man of online gaming has added wing-ed combat, and just general flying around, looking faintly ridiculous. For those who still doubt, there’s video proof below.

(If anyone has trouble viewing this, let us know – YouTube seems to think there’s an ownership issue with it.)

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  1. mentor07825 says:

    So far so good on the YouTube video.

  2. ahluka says:

    I actually checked to make sure time hadn’t skipped forward to April 1st. That song… in an actual trailer… no. I laughed though. I guess that’s something?

    On the other hand, I suppose I should shut up and actually try it out before I comment on it. It’s seven years old and is F2P — I really don’t have any reason not to.

    • wccrawford says:

      You thought a remix of “Ride of the Valkyries” was a surprising choice of music for a video introducing wings and flight?

    • Nick says:

      A shockingly bad and amatuerish remix, yes.

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      Llewyn says:

      I’m rarely able to hear Ride of the Valkyrie without picturing a little man flying in with a jetpack. Clearly this is what EQ2 needs next.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      “7 years old and is f2p”

      Not to be a grump or anything, but that sounds like a pretty convincing reason not to play it.

    • Dominic White says:

      Yes, because $50 for a boxed copy plus a $15 annual subscription and a $30 annual (or bi-annual) expansion is such an incentive to give a game a casual try.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      I’m leery of the unspoken “…but” that always comes after F2P. Hard to tell if you need to pay to keep up with the Joneses or if the game is fun without paying for experience boosts or whatever.

      Also I am a grump.

    • Nick says:

      There are much better reasons than that not to play it.

    • Swanny says:

      My first thought was, they need to fire whoever did the music for this.

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    AlwaysRight says:

    Remix of the year.

    • Squire says:

      I think Wagner’s fossilized mind just imploded.

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      AlwaysRight says:

      God bless his racist soul.

    • Squire says:

      His racism is subverted by “having written a piece of classical music in 1851 that was used/abused in a trailer for a computer game in 2012″

      Also will people still listen to Lady Gaga in 160 years? NO. Please GOD. NO

    • Skabooga says:

      On the other hand, Lady Gaga’s lack of musical talent is somewhat subverted by her not being an anti-Semite.

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      AlwaysRight says:

      Maybe the ‘producer’ of this ‘soundtrack’ is Jewish and exacting his revenge on Wagner.
      If so then he went too far, WAY too far!
      Not cool bro.

    • mondomau says:

      You keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

      http://i.word.com/idictionary/subvert

      I think you might mean ‘anulled’, ‘abrogated’ or ‘countered’.

      Also, and I hate you for making the pedant in me say this, Lady Gaga is actually a rather talented musician, whatever you personally think of her music. I can’t stand it, but there’s a difference between personal taste and objective judgement.

    • theleif says:

      To be fair to Wagner, if we want to avoid all culture from racist persons between the 17th and 20th century, there wouldn’t be much left. Racism was kind of universal in the west until the 50ies.

      To quote my grandmothers schoolbook (translated from swedish): “The australian negro is a rough, strawny and miserable creature, swiftly dying away, shyly withdrawing in the wake of the white man’s expansion.” That’s what what Swedish kids was taught in the school shortly before the WWI. And people still wonder how a person like Hitler could come to power.
      Just saying.

    • Tams80 says:

      Squire

      You clearly have seen ‘We Will Rock You’ The musical.

  4. Blackcompany says:

    Nice title. I laughed. Good thing Zenimax doesn’t own Red Bull, too.

  5. Skabooga says:

    Does anyone know how the ability to attach wings to your character is justified in the game? I have no problem if no such justification exists, but if there is one, I imagine it must be hilarious.

    • xsikal says:

      It’s not. As mentioned in my other post, these are just purchaseable items on the game’s marketplace (for station cash which is bought with real money). Since they are not acquired through the game quests, there does not seem to be a lore rationale, (unlike the existing flying mounts or vampire bat form, which do have quests and lore)

    • terry says:

      The same reason Ultima Online got samurais – dwindling numbers.

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    DigitalRaven says:

    Is it wrong that my first thought was “City of Heroes has been going for six months longer than EQ2, and you still mention that fairly frequently.”

    • JohnP says:

      My first thought was “City of Heroes has been going for six months longer than EQ2 and has had flying since the start. They’re a bit behind.” (Although animated Wings came later, added in Nov 2006)

  7. Serge says:

    EQ2, while not lacking in gameplay or graphics, sure does suffer from their “art directors” do they have them? Or they allow code monkeys to do that?
    Because, for some reason, even with all those fancy shaders, shadows, textures and cloth physics, EQ2 looks cheap.
    Like “Average Brown Poorly Ported Shooter” cheap.

    • DXN says:

      Give it a break, it’s old as fuck.

      Hmm.. by which I mean it’s seven years old.

      Wait, hang on! It’s almost exactly the same age as Half Life 2!

      REVOKE THAT BREAK.

    • Nick says:

      To be fair, it looked shite when it came out too.

    • Phantoon says:

      As opposed to Half-Life 2, which if you weren’t impressed by the physics and graphics at the very minimum, you are either a liar or impossible to please.

    • Shuck says:

      To be fair, MMOs never look that great compared to single player games. There are a number of reasons for this: designing for low-spec machines to have the biggest possible player base, so that the game doesn’t grind to a halt when the screen is filled with high-poly player character models, and simplifying/reducing the cost of asset creation (since MMOs require many more assets than single player games).

    • Nick says:

      It had an awful art style for its character models, I’m not talking about high res models here, it just looked terrible.

    • Joof says:

      WoW came out 15 days after Everquest 2, and it doesn’t look nearly as awful as Everquest 2 does.

    • Wulf says:

      Another example of someone mixing up art direction with graphical fidelity. Sigh.

      Actually, if you took a walk around their cities, or looked at their locations and races, you’d see that their art direction is just fine and a hell of a lot better than most comparable MMOs (even currently). But it’s an incredibly common thing for someone to mix up art direction with graphical fidelity (which means the level of detail involved in the graphics themselves).

      Everquest II is fairly imaginative, really, and for the time the stuff within looks pretty good. One of my favourite examples is the Kerra. At the time, most animal races/people in games were looking fairly generic, but the Kerra had and have a unique visual style which really stands out. The only other cat race out there that has such a distinctive look are the charr in Guild Wars (and 2).

      So their art direction is fine. It looks “cheap” because it’s old and lacks the graphical fidelity of modern games, with all the tessemellations and normal maps that that would imply.

      (Edited for typos. Because coding for the last four hours has rotted my brain.)

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      It's not me it's you says:

      Wulf, you’re.. not quite right on this one. Yeah, EQ2 has some decently designed characters but most of them look like horrible, misshapen lumps of clay. Some environments look excellent (usually the ones added in later expansions) but there’s a lot of really really boring stuff in there. (Commonlands, Nek Forest.. That’s pretty much the old school path to lvl 30 or so and it looks horrible).

      There’s a bunch of terrible, terrible models in there. The ‘golem’ model, the ‘I don’t know wtf some kind of goop I guess’ model, the orcs, et cetera.

      What this all adds up to is a game that looks wildly inconsistent. When you turn your camera one way it looks amazing (even now) with great a great sunrise backing a imaginative fantasy landscape (thinking kingdom of sky stuff here, for example) but you turn around and there’s some random turd-looking monster you are supposed to fight. The whole thing is schizophrenic to say the least.

      Which is -exactly- the sort of thing art direction is supposed to avoid. Some individual art work in the game is good but the direction is terrible. Things do not hang together aesthetically at all and there’s very little thought given to things like colour palettes for a specific area or anything like that.

      So it is a perfectly valid complaint, one I whole-heartedly support, in fact. And I say this as someone who ends up playing EQ2 at least a couple of months a year since launch.

    • Vizari says:

      Last time I played the game I thought everything was put together pretty much perfectly. Not a single moment that I didn’t feel absorbed into the game world. No things that stood out as out of place, to me.

      The graphics might be a bit low, but it’s an old game. You can’t really compare it to WoW as they use much more cartoony graphics.

      The whole art style is probably one of the best in MMOs ever. Extremely fantasy rich. Designs that no other MMO would even dare to put in theirs. You’re thrown into a rich world.

    • Serge says:

      @ Wulf

      No. I said what I meant. Direction.

      Lets take GW1 for example. Yes, its pretty sloppy and models aren’t that great but the whole game keeps the same level of quality and same… Looks?

      GW1:
      http://www.mmoginfo.com/imagenes/foto_guild_wars.jpg
      Cartoony semi anime(Sorry) looks.

      EQ2:
      http://i.imgur.com/Z5Fm4.jpg
      Photo realistic scenery(Castle) with fancy bumpmapping.
      Good looking dragon with shiny feel to its texture.
      Armor made from polished carbon.
      Faces like they are from Toy Story 2.

      This strange mix of different approaches and styles is why I cant take EQ2 seriously.
      Looks like someone was in need of models and textures for a game and just polled them from some free site. Both good and bad ones.
      Like If I was playing “Fallout 2″ and then suddenly character models turned into flat pixelated sprites from “Sam&Max hit the road”

  8. xsikal says:

    EQ2 has had controlled flight (via pegasus and griffin mounts, or bat shapeshifting for vampires) for more than a year. All these are is wings that act as a flying mount. Also unremarked upon so far is the fact that these wings are currently only available via the station marketplace, as opposed to being something that can be acquired through gameplay (although they often put something on the marketplace first and then add variants of it into the game)

    Flight actually adds a lot to the game, and is fun. Unlike your post however, there is no such thing as winged combat…. while flying, you are unable to use any of your abilities.

    Other than that, the article is almost accurate. :D

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    Man Raised by Puffins says:

    A trailer soundtrack dafter than an Hawaii Five-O dubbing?
    RPS APPROVED.

  10. Vizari says:

    Haven’t played EQ2 in ages, but this sounds kinda saddening. Wings were exclusive to only a few races, and they couldn’t even fly with it. Now every race can get wings and fly. Seems like it would ruin the experience.

    • xsikal says:

      Arasai and Fae (the winged races you were referencing) have been able to fly now for some time… a quest was introduced with the velious expansion to allow them to fly without a mount.

      These are all for only 85+ level adventurers or crafters anyway, so flying is less prevalent than it would be otherwise.

    • Vizari says:

      Like I said, haven’t played in ages. :p
      Still think giving all races the ability to fly is wrong, but, not going to play the game anymore anyway. It’s far too addictive to me.

  11. Bfox says:

    I thought this was something about Furcadia 3D when I saw that screenshot :I

  12. sharks.don't.sleep says:

    The Flash Gordon theme would fit so much better…

  13. mcol says:

    but eve came out over 8 years ago, that generates more news than mmos that came out last year.
    How is it strange? Was a bit confused by that.

    • Jahandar says:

      WoW is 7 years old too. I declare that all WoW news should heretofore be considered weird and a “blast from the past.”

    • Shuck says:

      Eve and WoW are still active games at near-peak popularity, whereas Everquest II has been tottering along half-dead for a while. One does not respond to news of WoW or Eve with, “Is that game still alive?” unlike Everquest II.

    • Wulf says:

      That’s a bit delusional, sorry. EvE may have decent numbers, but I’m almost certain that they wouldn’t be more than that of any average mainstream MMO these days due to how incredibly niche EvE is.

      Really, amazing subscription numbers in EvE are probably just going to be about half-decent numbers for a healthy, mainstream MMORPG. So if EQ II is ‘half dead’ then it probably still has the same amount of subscribers as EvE, especially in its current free-to-play state. That, therefore, must mean that EvE too is ‘half dead.’ EQ II, like EvE, is just a niche game.

    • Tyshalle says:

      That’s pretty awful logic, Wulf. As was just said, EVE’s numbers have mostly steadily risen over the course of its existence (not sure how all the controversy of the last year or so has impacted it, but that’s not particularly relevant). As you just said, it is incredibly niche. You can’t judge something as niche as EVE on the standards of the mainstream. That would be like calling Minecraft’s four million sales over two years unimpressive since Modern Warfare 3 sold 6.5 million in 24 hours.

      Plus, EQ II is about as niche as Doom II. Sure, it might seem outdated and only for specific tastes now, but at the time it came out EQ was as mainstream as they come.

      And as Shuck said, which is the core of his entire point: most people aren’t going to say something like “EVE/WoW? Is that game still alive?” Whereas I imagine many people would be shocked to learn that EQ II is still around in any way.

  14. DickSocrates says:

    Music in the trailer sounds like someone’s attempt at dubstep after it was described to them over the phone. “There’s like this bass, ‘bowng-bowng’ kind of noise. It’s pretty good. Come up with something by tomorrow as the trailer is ready to go up.”

    • vecordae says:

      I suspect that the music was written by a former acquaintence of mine named Chad Mossholder. He got hired on by SOE back before EQ2 was released to do sound design and his music was featured in their trailers for the game at least recently as last year.

      Your assessment of it sounds about right, too. Never was a huge fan of IDM.

  15. ain says:

    EQ2 updates have been lacklustre for years now.
    All they try to accomplish is to squeeze more money from the dwindling playerbase.

  16. jimjam says:

    its a meh from me.

  17. Roshin says:

    This wing business feels a bit desperate to me. Looked hilarious, though. Predictable angelic wings versus emo bat ones. Imaginative.

    • Wulf says:

      …when did bats become emo? Bats are amazingly awesome.

      Batman must therefore then, by proxy, be emo.

      Not sure how that works.

      …actually, Batman is kind of angsty. Except for when he was Adam West. Of course.

      GODS DAMN IT. Bats are awesome! >:[ I stand by this.

    • Phantoon says:

      The old Batman TV series with Adam West is terrific in its own right.

    • Roshin says:

      Batman is pretty emo. Sitting on the rooftops, feeling sorry for himself. I bet he cuts himself too, but no one can see his TEARS IN THE COLD RAIN.

      Sniff.

  18. Raithah says:

    EveryQuest is either a hilarious joke that has gone far, far over my head, or a beautiful example of human self-auto-correct. I choose to believe in the latter.

  19. Sarkhan Lol says:

    “Let’s see… how can we reinvigorate Everquest?… What is it missing?… What does the modern generation of gamer really want?” — An insane person.

  20. groghog says:

    Loved the completely uninterested minotaurs at about 0:35.

    Nothing more than a casual glance at a flying frogman.

    • Wulf says:

      That’s because the froglok in question wasn’t singing.

      (I wish there was a video of that. That was one of the more entertaining MMORPG memories I have.)

    • Sarkhan Lol says:

      INTIMIDATE ALL CHALLENGERS!!!

  21. namad says:

    actually EQ2 became free to play… like a year or more ago…. it just slightly changed it’s free to play system a month or two ago…. you reported way too heavily on a minor change to the system that was already in place and you hadn’t really addressed much when it was actually real news :-/ at least stop self referencing your own poor information.

  22. TormDK says:

    I spent over 20.000 station points on expansions, character unlocks and gear before it became F2P. I tried logging in again a week or so ago, and noticed that the game wants me to purchase Freeblood, and additional character slots AGAIN.

    No thank you SOE – You have a good game going, but I’m not about to pay you again for something I already purchased!