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Major Changes As Launch Approaches

Posted by Craig McGregor on Oct 20, 2004  | Comments

Major Changes As Launch Approaches | EverQuest II |

SOE released a statement today in their official forums that detailed some major changes to the game that will take effect in the coming weeks.  These changes are designed to give players a grander sense of uniqueness.  Here is a bit from that:

Since character individualization in EverQuest II has been a hot topic following the lifting of the NDA, we thought it would be a good idea to share our plan for the all-new features that are going live in the next few weeks to give a greater sense of uniqueness to players. We?ll be releasing more details each day, beginning with the character traits list tomorrow afternoon.

First, let's talk about what's changing from its current state.

We're releasing the final class spells and arts lists. These move away from the standard archetype spells and arts we've been using for balance testing and give players access to their class-specific spell selections. The spells and arts you'll see in the next few updates include new effects, class-specific strengths and flavor, and final names.

These spell changes are taking place across the board and will greatly refine class differences from what they are today. We've completed the balancing necessary to give a solid role to each class and now we're excited to release the new spell and art lists.

To illustrate how these changes work, we'll use the Mage -> Sorcerer -> Wizard progression as an example.

Unlike how it was in the previous spell lists, once you turn level 10 you stop being just a mage. As you choose your path and complete your quest, from that point forward you are a sorcerer. There are no new mage spells after level 10. Each class will be branch off into entirely class-specific spells.

Once you turn level 20 and choose the path of a wizard, you are no longer a sorcerer. As before, there are no new sorcerer spells after level 20. You will be gaining wizard subclass spells from there forward.

In other words, there is no longer any such thing as a "level 44 mage spell," because a high-level wizard should never think of himself or herself as a level 44 mage in EverQuest II.

You can link to the whole topic here.