Just a quick follow up to my last post regarding the difference in advertising between World of Warcraft and Everquest II…
I read somewhere yesterday that all inactive EverQuest II accounts have been made active for a few weeks of free game time. I would have thought that I’d receive an email from SOE saying as much, but no, I had to find out about it elsewhere. When I got seven free days in WoW, they sent me an email that practically screamed as such.
Fortunately I still have EQII installed so the patching process didn’t take long and I popped into the game for a few minutes. Upon entering the game as my Berserker, I received a message that some of my character skill choices had been reset, and I noticed that my guy was mostly naked. For whatever reason a bunch of my gear was in my inventory and needed to be re-attuned; there was no indication as to why. As for the skill choices, I took a look at the screen and was completely lost. I think it would take me a few hours to remember how to play my characters again if I ever decided to come back to EQII (which is extremely unlikely).
What I really wanted to do was check out the damage done to Freeport as mentioned in the Will of a Tyrant cinematic trailer. The trailer claims that “war has erupted in Freeport” and that “chaos rules the streets”, but in reality, it all looks rather lame. I saw a few staged fights going on interspersed here and there, but I would hardly call it chaos. Not to mention the fact that the Frostfell decorations are up, which kind of detracts from the whole impression of chaos.
I logged off soon after, feeling very underwhelmed at the whole thing.