Game Update 42 isn't your usual home-grown update; it's almost an expansion unto itself. With this onslaught of information, you'll gain access to Adventuring as well as Tradeskill Epics, the introduction of three gods from Norrathian lore, a new means to interact with your pets, a connectivity window to know how the internet weather is between you and the servers, a means to better search the broker through effect name and some VERY helpful household items, including a couple to permit you to show off your hard earned equipment!
All 24 classes will be seeing some new quests and items implemented in Game Update 42, in regards to Epics. These are certainly not your momma's Epics either; they'll test your skill and knowledge of Norrath. Some items touch back to FAR earlier times, so deep knowledge of history (touching on EverQuest lore and even going as far back as EverQuest Online Adventures, 1000 years in the past!) will really help you in that progression. This does indeed mean that lore junkies will be getting a feast from all directions, and answers to some long-standing questions!
Every class has TWO specific items/weapons you can gain. There is a "Group" version of your class-specific item that you'll gain upon completion of the first quest series, and then a "Raid" version if you're able to show that you're the best at what you do. Both items are fantastic! The "Raid" version is what you get after getting the "Group" version, but the "Raid" version has more effects and benefits.
The Return to Norrath of Three Gods
The deities of Norrath are still making a comeback, and you'll be physically introduced (or RE-introduced for those longstanding EverQuest veterans) to three of them! The Tribunal is the first of these three, the many faceted powers of justice will return to help direct the righteous. The lord of wanderers has returned and Karana the Stormbringer has some things to teach those that have held him in their hearts in his absence. Last but certainly not least, Bertoxxulous the Plaguebringer will return, bringing rot, plague and disease to the forefront once more!
All three of these gods will offer new and amazing raid content, ready to take on any mortal that chooses to test their mettle!
New Pet Control
With Game Update 42, you'll get a new means to interact with and personalize your pets! The pet options window eradicates the need to type in the request for a pet rename through normal chat means, this addition does it all for you.
We can't control the internet, but we can certainly tell you how your connection is between your computer and our servers! This addition shows you the packet loss, frames per second, bytes per second and the "ping". You can see that connectivity through the displayed numbers or even through a scroll-by graph.
Armor and Weapon Display Mannequins
Armorers, weaponsmiths and item collectors, rejoice! With Game Update 42 come household mannequins, able to display your wearables! These handy additions do not add space to your household nor inventory; they merely display items of your choice. You are not required to be able to wear the items you place on the mannequins; they are able to wear anything that you wish to show. Simply choose a wearable, toss it on the mannequin, and show the world your taste in attire!
Broker Search Upgrade
To help streamline the broker process, this update comes with the ability to search via item ability name! No more having to dig for that one perfect weapon or piece of armor that has that ability you've always needed, you can soon seek them directly!
Get prepared, it's almost here! You can talk about this preview in the Official EverQuest II Forums!