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10 months ago

EverQuest & H1Z1 company Daybreak suffer more layoffs

Daybreak Game Company, the H1Z1 and PlanetSide 2 mob formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, have laid off an unconfirmed number of staff. It's the second wave of layoffs at Daybreak this year, and a real tough time to be laid off. It's the usual "optimising our structure" sort of reason. Daybreak say they'll continue to run their current and are working on new games…

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3 years ago

Feature: Heroes behind bars

The RPG Scrollbars: MMO Jails And Virtual Porridge

Backstage areas have always fascinated me. Behind the scenes in theatres, where all the glitz and glamour dies instantly the moment you step where the public isn't meant to see - down lethal staircases and in filthy preparation rooms. The tunnels in places like Walt Disney World, where cast members travel to avoid ruining the magic, and tough security guards probably not wearing mouse ears…

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4 years ago

Feature: Can you preserve an MMO?

How Players Revived Star Wars Galaxies And EverQuest

I am standing in a place that shouldn't exist. It shouldn't exist because back in 2011 it was decided that this place and the countless others connected to it were no longer financially viable enough to warrant their own existence. Four years ago, almost to this date, thousands of players gathered where I am standing right now to witness the final moments of Star Wars…

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Feature: The RPG Scrollbars

What Games Are Running Christmas Events?

HO HO HO. Christmas is practically upon us, and games eveywhere... well, mostly online... are joining the party. Whether they call it Winter Veil or Frostfell, it's a chance to deck the hubs with bonus XP and let everyone from elves to orcs don Santa hats and hand out treats to the good little wizards and barbarians. Here's a few of the events going on…

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The RPG Scrollbars: The Best Punishments For Cheaters

Over in Everquest II, they're trying an experiment at the moment - what's that? Yes, Everquest II. People are still playing it. The original as well. I know, I'm surprised too, but never mind. Specifically, they've created a prison server called Drunder. The idea is that instead of banning trolls, griefers and cheaters (presumably up to a certain point), they can simply throw all the…

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Steamfont Prison Experiment: EverQuest II Prison Server

One novelty punishment for cheats and blaggards nowadays is to imprison them with their ilk, from Dota 2 matchmaking folks who leave games with their fellow quitters to Max Payne 3 pitting cheaters against fellow cads. Now EverQuest II is joining in on the fun with with an "experiment" in launching an entire prison server to permanently lock away ne'er-do-wells - and people who are…

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6 years ago

Privilege Issues: Start Everquest II At Level 85

SOE send word that the latest update to ageing fantasy massive 'em up Everquest II will give players a shoe-in at higher levels. They explain: "for a limited time new, returning and current players can create one permanent Heroic Character for free." This option will be available from now until the 15th. Beyond that, a new Heroic Characters Programme will allow you to try a…

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7 years ago

Foreverquest: EverQuest Will Never Stop Expanding

I remember when I first played Everquest. I was younger then - naive, optimistic, and completely unable to grasp the concept that a PVP server meant idly tapping the attack button around other people could cause an international incident. Still though, it was my first MMO, and what a magical experience it was. I'll never forget my first death by Sand Giant or related, nearly naked…

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SOE Reveals Steam-Workshop-Ish ‘Player Studio’

MMOs are pretty much about two things: breaking and taking. Kill ten things, take six things, etc, etc, etc. Monsters, boar gizzards, fish, barrels - nothing is safe. But all that destruction can get a bit exhausting at times. I mean, who hasn't met an Orc, ogre, or space marine who just wanted to paint? So now SOE's letting players balance out their wanton destruction with…

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Express Yourself: Everquest II Adds SOEmote Tech

The continued support and updating for EverQuest II never fails to surprise me. The MMO is now eight years old, but still played and receiving regular updates and content, and now some tech that I've not seen used elsewhere. They're awkwardly calling it SOEmote, a thing where a webcam pointed at your face will translate your expressions onto your in-game character. You can see it…

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EverQuest II Adding Vaguely Terrifying Voice/Facial Tech

OK, so I actually sort of love the idea behind EverQuest II's latest bit of technical wizardry, but well, when I say "wizardry," I mean less Gandalf and more the really clumsy kid from Harry Potter - millennia before he became improbably talented. Basically, though, EverQuest II will - via mic and webcam - soon be able to read your vocal and facial cues and translate them 1:1…

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8 years ago

Oceans Apart: Planetside 2 Region Locked?

This is big news for all SOE games, actually, including EverQuest II, DC Universe Online, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, and Free Realms. PCG points out that SOE are signing a European publishing deal with Germany company ProSiebenStat. According to SOE's proposals this could mean that SOE customers will no longer be able to play on both American and EU servers, and in fact existing…

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EverQuest II: Now With Wings!

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…

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Meanwhile… A Tour Of Revamped Everquest II

If you can't or won't afford The Old Republic but are grumpily hanging around comments threads wishing you too were off on online adventures, it's worth remembering that exactly 312,129 MMOs have now gone free to play. No lightsabers, but also no queues. One of the more recent of these is Everquest II, the at-the-time ambitious fantasy world that's probably slightly annoyed that its precusor…

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Everquest II Entering New Age Of Free Play

Another day, another gobbet of news about pricing options in an MMO. This time it's Everquest II, which has been running two parallel worlds, one for subscribers and a lesser world for those who want their fantasy for free. Confusingly, the slimline free world is called Everquest II Extended, presumably because Everquest II Shrivelled didn't focus test well. Soon, that world shall be no more…

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Alsoquest: Everquest II Goes F2P

Right then, what's left? Everquest 1, Ultima Online, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, Lineage... What else yet stands firm against the free to play tide? The latest to switch is SOE's 2004-launched Everquest II, which will offer itself to the microtransaction gods next month. It's dabbled before with a F2P parallel client, with but as of the Age of Discovery expansion free-to-play will be active…

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EverQuest II Gets Children Of War Update

Are any of you lot still playing EverQuest 2? Some people are, it would seem, since Sony are continuing to churn out both pay-for and free content. The latest free update, The Children of War, adds the fortress of Drunder, seven new missions, new PvP maps and modes, new quests, new crafting recipes and all kinds of other gubbins. This comes after Destiny of Velious,…

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9 years ago

Gold Pieces: Everquest II Extended Open Beta

As previously reported, Everquest II is adding a Free-to-Play option. The story is no longer true. It's gone into Open Beta, so now totally has a free-to-play option. The unique twist is that it doesn't touch the traditional game at all, instead offering a parallel Everquest II Extended free-to-play option. So if you want to play a sub game you can, and if you want…

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Ooh: EQ Thrusts Into The F2P Mix

With SOE having made some in-roads to freeland with Free Realms, it seems they're also going to try it with Everquest 2. It's not quite the DDO or LOTRO model, however, since Everquest II Extended is going to be an entirely separate (although mechanistically and thematically similar) game from the Everquest 2 that you probably abandoned to go back to World Of Warcraft. There are…

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11 years ago

EQ2: The Shadow Odyssey

Everquest II's fifth major expansion goes live today. It's a retail box at $40, and includes all previous EQ2 expansions and add-ons, as well as a load of new regions and new quest strings. To be honest I have little idea what kind of significance this expansion holds for the Everquest II community, which I understand remains fairly large, despite the fierce competition it faces…

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