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EverQuest II + Star Wars Galaxies

  • Han Solo and Harikari
    As the rest of the Star Wars Galaxies community anxiously anticipates the release of the franchise's newest expansion- The Trials of Obi Wan- and the release of Episode III on DVD tomorrow, SWG players in Japan will be forced to join American and European servers. It's strike two for SOE in Asia; EQLive discontinued Asia-specific operations a few years ago as well, and it raises questions about the future of this troubled franchise.

    " On its Web site, Electronic Arts Japan, the game's Japanese publisher, is reporting that it is discontinuing its support for Star Wars Galaxies in the country. Apparently, Japanese gamers who wish to continue on will have their accounts transferred to American or European servers, which remain unaffected. "

    Star Wars Galaxies discontinued in Japan, this word from Yahoo! Games.
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    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • SoE to make it FREE!
    Statesman.com is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment will be offering a free MMOG. They make it sound like a new idea. Apparently they haven't heard of Guild Wars.

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    Top-notch online video games now cost upward of $30 million to produce, making it imperative that game producers expand the market for them, Sony Online Entertainment Inc. President John Smedley said at a video game conference Thursday in Austin.
    Smedley said his company aims to do just that with a plan to break from its existing subscription-based business model and release a game title next fall that can be played free of charge."

    You can read entire Sony Online Entertainment to Offer Free MMOG Article at Statesman.com.
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    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
  • More ever-quests!
    SOE's EverQuest 2 dev team has released details on four new enemy mastery quests related to the "Desert of Flames" expansion... I guess going around collecting vital organs from evil creatures is in the spirit of Halloween. Yick.

    Lore and Legend quests, also known as Enemy Mastery quests, involve the study of various creatures to learn more about them. In order to gain knowledge about these creatures, you must find and study various body parts. You can find suitable body parts for your studies by killing the type of creature you wish to learn more about. Find out more about these types of quests.

    These Lore and Legend quests are but a small sample of the creature mastery quests available in EverQuest II.

    Help yourself to the enemy mastery quest info at the EverQuest 2 official site.
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    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
    Ethec
  • black·guard  (blag' - ärd) n. 1. A thoroughly unprincipled person; a scoundrel. (!)
    The EverQuest 2 Community Manager Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder considers the legitimacy of Alternate Advancement (AAs), bards that actually play instruments (imagine that!), and some crafting questions in "Ask SOE #39" at EQ2 Vault.

    "Andrew "Tamat" Beegle: Will you guys be introducing AA's (Alternate Abilities) for the high-end players that grind to 60 and get bored out of their minds? Or at least something similar to that, enabling players to advance their characters past the max adventure level?
    Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder: We’re absolutely looking into the kinds of things we can do for parallel or post-end game advancement. Adding new character powers is a tricky balancing act. We want to ensure that whatever we put out there is fun, rewarding, and powerful. At the same time, the trick is for us to do so in a way where we do not cause a stratified layer of “you must have all of your extra advancement, or you can no longer play the game,” as that then steers the entire direction of the game toward the hardest of the hardcore, which isn’t desirable for the other 97% of the people who play."

    Take a look at the latest EverQuest 2 interview at EQ2 Vault.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Oct 27, 2005
    Ethec
  • In case you were thinking Mustafarian had something to do with Reggae music...

    SOE previews the November Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan expansion by way of showing us some new equipment and house items that can be found on the inhospitable lava planet of Mustafar. It's enough to elicit gutteral noises from any excitable Wookie.

    Mustafar, once a simple mining planet, now suffers in the merciless grip of greed. Treasure hunters and mercenaries of all sorts risk their necks to cross dangerous lava fields, battle renegade droids and explore deep into old republic facilities still armed with dangerous defense grids because the lure of treasure is so great.

    New expansion items for Star Wars Galaxies... take a look!

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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Oct 26, 2005
    Ethec
  • It was the weekend of EverQuest 2 "Desert of Flames" Reviews!

    Boomshack liked everything about the September expansion for the MMO genre's distant silver medallist except the quirky encounter-lock game mechanic. Creating a huge, gaping exploit is one way to keep the low- to mid-level game interesting I suppose.

    Well I don't want to get bogged down in criticism as I really like Desert of Flames but the new mob lock system really doesn't work. It means that a guy can attack a mob, but the mob isn't locked to him, so all outsiders can then attack it. It means a level 35 can complete quests and will get credit for it just for hitting the mob the one time. For raid mobs it will be locked permanently, but not for solo heroic mobs. In my view this is a pretty bad decision by the developer.

    Boomshack tries out EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames.

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  • The TTH Desert of Flames section - More fun than a barrel of desert spectres!
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Reviews
Mon, Oct 24, 2005
Ethec
  • Thank you sir, may I have another?

    Gamespy likes "Desert of Flames" but wants more low-end content. Nah, it's good business sense to develop content solely for the top 25% of your playerbase, right?

    This is certainly good news for the game's most hardcore players, many of whom feel that they've been stagnating at the endgame. The newly-added Isle of Ro will provide more than enough fodder to last them several months. This focus on high-level content, though, came at a cost, as frankly, there isn't a whole lot here for low-to-mid level characters. Oh well. At least they get adventure packs.

    Gamespy takes a shot at EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames.

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  • The TTH Desert of Flames section - The most you'll find written anywhere about a desert.
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    Mon, Oct 24, 2005
    Ethec
  • And another!

    Gamespot digs EverQuest 2's new desert turf, but is disheartened by incomplete PvP implementation and content exclusively designed for high-level players. Of course, to complain about the latter means you'll have to put yourself at loggerheads with every MMO expansion ever made.

    Desert of Flames has the most to offer EverQuest II players of advanced level, but the new PvP trappings and the combat revamp mean that there's something new to see for just about anyone. The player-versus-player combat still doesn't feel like a fully realized diversion just yet, but the act of exploring Ro and getting your character to level 60 should nicely fill the time you don't use waiting around for an arena game, provided you're of a high enough level to actually do those things. Existing players who are nearing the level of expansion country should check out Desert of Flames, and if you've let your account sit fallow for a bit, the changes to the combat system are worth sampling.

    Read all about EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames (again) at Gamespot.

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  • The TTH Desert of Flames section - A section, because a review alone just wouldn't do!
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    Mon, Oct 24, 2005
    Ethec
  • Welcome to the Desert of Flames. You can now kill other players. Please enjoy your stay.
    GameSpy has posted a review of EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames giving the game a thumbs up. Huzzah to Sony Online Entertainment for a job well done.

    " SOE has been pretty aggressive about updating EverQuest II (not to mention meticulously listing every such update to its playerbase). As such, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see a full-fledged expansion to the game so relatively soon after its release less than one year ago. Desert of Flames is the first retail expansion to SOE's flagship MMO, and in many ways, it matches the scope of some of the original EQ's most memorable ex-packs. On top of a plethora of game-system overhauls, the game adds a significant amount of new content -- enough so that it warranted an increase to the character level cap, from 50 to 60. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Review at GameSpy.
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    Fri, Oct 21, 2005
    Boomjack
  • I need your help, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    IGN has posted a preview of Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan. The preview is a good read covering the new, or should it be returning villain, as well as touching on the solo versus group aspect of the expansion. Mark Hamill will talk to anyone...but us, so we'll pretend that he said this:

    " If there's any game that's managed to stir up some controversy with it's various incarnations, changes, and general shinannegans, it's Star Wars Galaxies. It was easily one of the most anticipated MMOs to hit shelves and provided a unique look at the Star Wars universe that crafters and role-players seemed to like more than most interested in combat scenarios. For good or bad, much has changed in Galaxies including a new combat system and an increased focus on loot to keep people adventuring. With those ideas in mind, Sony Online and LucasArts have created a new high level expansion called Trials of Obi-Wan, where players will indeed get the chance to meet the wise one himself… well, in ghost form anyway. " 

    You can read the entire Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan Preview at IGN.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Oct 20, 2005
    Boomjack
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