Kunark: No Epic Weapons at Launch

Posted: November 7, 2007 by Kendricke in Everquest 2

In case you missed it, there will be no epic weapons available at launch. 

Per Massively.com’s Rise of Kunark Beta tour:

Sadly, I was told, the Epic Weapons will not be in the expansion when it launches on November 13. But considering players will probably have to be level 80 to even start the quests, SoE has some leeway to put the final polish on the quest lines before implementing them.

  1. tipa says:

    As long as I get my Singing Shortsword within a week of launch, I’ll be happy.

  2. Kendricke says:

    My only real fear here is that we’ll see a repeat of the infamous class hat issues, where we had to wait 18 months to see all 24 hats finally released.

  3. Xeavn says:

    Yeah, I am slightly afraid of that happening as well. Granted they do have until players reach level 80, like the article said, but how long is that going to take? I would guess we start seeing a fair number of poeple at level 80 with in probably 1 to 2 weeks.

  4. ogrebears says:

    i doubt it will be 18 months. As the next expansion is 12 month away.

    It probably will come in parts similar to Sword of destiny. Which has good and bad at the same time. I don’t know which is better

  5. Kendricke says:

    Sword of Destiny was just one – ONE epic scale quest. We’re now talking about 24 different quests which are expected to be of the same level of complexity. Anything less would be seen as..well, not “epic”.

    Also, remember that it took till this year to finally get around to releasing the last class hats which were due in February 2006. Long after Fallen Dynasty and Echoes of Faydwer had both launched, we were still picking up new class hats. There’s no reason to expect that epic quests couldn’t take months or longer just because another expansion is due out in a year.

    Am I saying the situation is the same and it will take SOE that long? No, but I am saying that it’s a fear which is based on historical precedence here.

  6. ogrebears says:

    Ya i have that fear as well, but (i guess in a naive kind of way) I can’t see SoE releasing Epic months late. It would probably cause the largest uproar in EQ2 history if epics are more than 3 or 4 months late. And i guess i’m telling my self that there is just no way that, that can happen. Even though it is possible.

  7. Kendricke says:

    You could very well be right, and truly I hope you are. If it’s just a delay of a few weeks, that is something easily forgiven, especially given the situation with the fires.

    If it stretches into months however, I don’t think SOE will be able to use the fires as an excuse at that point. You’ll see uproar.

  8. Illuminator says:

    Having 24 separate epic questlines seemed to me a matter of biting off more than they could chew. I’m not particularly agitated about it because I didn’t expect it was something they could deliver to satisfaction (and on time) anyway.

    Is my perception faulty or are few people wearing the class hats anyway?

  9. […] Kendricke over at Clockwork Gamer has linked to a post over on Massively.com stating that there will be no epics on the launch of Rise of Kunark. I am fine with Epics not coming out straight off the bat, but if they take more than 2 live update (essentially 2 months), I will start to go ape shit. […]

  10. I’ll see if I can get a timeline from them on implementation. No promises though as we all know how cagey devs are about promising content at a certain date (and with good reason.)

  11. Kendricke says:

    We’re already trying, actually.

  12. […] to say, it was a bit of a let down for many players when it became known that they were being delayed till after release. Along with most of the playerbase, we here at Clockwork Gamer were left with many questions about […]

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