As we look to expansion content unlocks on progression servers in 2017, we wanted to touch bases regarding updates to the unlock schedule so everyone on these servers knows what to expect.
Any time we make changes, our goal is to improve the overall player experience for everyone on these servers, regardless of whether they’re in a guild competing for the first clear of a raid boss, or a small group of players working their way through the content at their own pace.
Gates of Discord and Omens of War Unlocks
Let’s tackle the topic of Gates of Discord and Omens of War unlocks first. While we still feel strongly about working towards solutions that result in shorter periods on progression servers without a level cap increase, we also want to give players the opportunity to experience each era of content in a meaningful way.
We’re going to split these expansion unlocks apart (which is a change from this post here). On Phinigel, we’ll be reducing the period of time for unlocks on expansions without a level cap increase to eight weeks. This will start with Gates of Discord. After Gates opens on Phinigel, it’ll be eight weeks before Omens of War unlocks. As before, expansions that include a level cap increase will last for twelve weeks before the next expansion content unlocks.
On Ragefire and Lockjaw, the unlock schedule will be similar to previous progression servers. Omens of War and subsequent expansions will become eligible for voting 90 days after their previous expansions are completed.
So, When Are Our Unlocks?
Once it’s time for Planes of Power to unlock on your server, Legacy of Ykesha content will unlock with it at the same time.
Our 2017 unlocks on Phinigel:
- Planes of Power & Legacy of Ykesha – Weds, February 1, 2017
- Lost Dungeons of Norrath – Weds, April 26, 2017
- Gates of Discord – Weds, July 19, 2017
- Omens of War – Weds, September 13, 2017
- Dragons of Norrath – Weds, December 6, 2017
Expansion content unlocks on Phinigel are scheduled for 2PM pacific time on the day they’re to occur, unless there’s a reason the team needs to change a specific expansion unlock.
Based on when the Luclin content was defeated on Ragefire, the vote to unlock Planes of Power & Legacy of Ykesha should start late in the evening on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
If the vote passes on Ragefire, this content will unlock automatically on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12:01AM Pacific Time.
If the vote doesn't pass, the system will offer two-week long votes starting every other Monday, until a majority of the players on the Ragefire server vote to unlock this content.
Based on when the Luclin content was defeated on Lockjaw, the vote to unlock Planes of Power & Legacy of Ykesha should start late in the evening on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
If the vote passes on Lockjaw, this content will unlock automatically on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:01AM Pacific Time.
If the vote doesn't pass, the system will offer two-week long votes starting every other Monday, until a majority of the players on the Lockjaw server vote to unlock this content.
On Ragefire and Lockjaw, three months after Planes of Power & Legacy of Ykesha unlocks, we’ll open up Lost Dungeons of Norrath automatically (no voting required).
Special note: Some NPCs and game features may require an hour or so to appear correctly in-game after a set of expansion content unlocks.
We appreciate the continued feedback and support from our players on progression servers. One of the goals of our team is to continue to work towards making these servers a solid place to enjoy different eras of EverQuest’s history.
Want to chat more about this? Join the discussion on our Time Locked Progression Servers forums.