Sony Online Entertainment has announced major changes to its MMORPG behemoth, EverQuest. Many of these changes come from suggestions made by fans during the June 5th Guild Summit, attended by nearly 70 players from around the US. Hundreds of ideas were gathered during this meeting, some of which have already been implemented in the latest update.
A number of Plane modifications have been made. The scripting for the Plane of Time has been changed to allow the server to shut down unused instances of zones. A tome has been added to the Plane of Knowledge for faster travel to and from Gunthark. The Plane of Hate can now be accessed by talking to Relm M'Loch in the Plane of Tranquility and giving her a Fuligan Soulstone. Also in the Plane of Hate, the drop rate for the following items has been increased:
- Shattered Emerald of Corruption
- Decrepit Hide
- Staff of Elemental Mastery
- Essence of Vampire
- Eye of Innoruuk
The Gates have seen some changes as well. NPCs that previously dropped spells now drop tokens that can be turned in for a class-appropriate spell. Many Gates items' weights have been reduced, and there have been several upgrades to tradeskill items. Gates smithed weapons have been adjusted; Gates fletched arrows are now magical, and their damage has been increased. Tradeskill drinks from the Gates of Discord have an enhanced duration.
Raid leaders have a number of new powers. They can add and edit notes and a Message of the Day on the raid window, and can also remove members from raids, even across zones.
The Muramite Death Shroud now has a wind instrument modifier, and is equipable by beastlords. The Onyx Ring of Prayer has a stringed instrument modifier. Many damage shields have had their damage and duration increased, and the Diamond Tipped War Javelin should now look more javelin-like.
In the Breakdown in Communication quest, the drop rate of quest items in sewers, mountain passes and Ikkinz has been raised. In addition, the number of items dropped from the Qinimi and Barindu events has also been increased.
Berserker snare now has a set duration. Diversive Strike, Distracting Strike, and Confusing Strike now generate hate instantly, rather than over time, and the Focus effect should now filter haste messages.
The heal rates of Supernatural Elixir, Quiescence, Holy Elixir, Breath of Trushar, and Supernatural Cleansing have been modified, and the mana cost for Falcon Eye, Eagle Eye, and Hawk Eye has been reduced. A /stopcasting command has been added, though it will not work from horseback.
The range of the /corpse command has been increased, and Harm Touch and Lay on Hands no longer affect corpses. In addition, pets will no longer go away after their master has feigned death for more than two minutes.
Sony will make a number of modifications in addition to the community-requested changes in the next update:
- Corrections to Collision
- Continued retuning of the Gates of Discord
- Changes to the Mouselook feature to allow for more control
- Addition of Voice Over to the Character Creation process
- A /guidehelp command to allow for communication and feedback with the guide program