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EQ2 Transfer Controversy Follow-up

A post to the EQ Forums (thanks Mike Martinez and Ars Technica) follows up on questions raised about the transfer of a guild from an EverQuest II test server to a live server in a move contrary to SOE's stated policies on the topic (story). EQ2 senior producer Bruce Ferguson admits to the move, said to be a "kindness" to valued testers for their service, and says they will be reverting it by deleting the characters in question. He also says these characters were stripped of key loot before the transfer, something refuted in the original allegations and again contradicted by an account of the whole affair on Massively. Word is:

There has been quite a bit of discussion recently about something we were doing to show kindness to some valued members of our testing community who have been working diligently to improve EverQuest II for the last three years.

What we did was take a group of characters from the test server, scrub them by hand of all test gear, and any 'privileged' equipment, titles, etc, and grant their wish to continue to play as a group of friends, on a live server.

Had we been aware that being a little extra kind to these folks would cause such an uproar, there is no doubt we would not have taken this step. However, due to the current situation, I find myself apologizing to you for allowing this situation to occur.

We are in the process now of removing the characters that we copied to the live servers. Obviously, we overstepped the bounds of kindness in attempting to thank these people for their efforts in testing, and we are working to rectify this situation before the end of the day today.

40. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2007, 09:18 Some Dude
Second, they were NOT moved to a PvP type server.

Third, they were purged of all "uber" gear that was terst realm specific leaving them with gear UNDER the maximum that someone on a live server can get.

If that's the case then this thing really was just blown out of proportion.

People need to stop comparing it to what happened in Eve; it's apples and oranges, baby. The blueprints that were given to the Eve developer's buddy are, by definition, Holy Grails that exist in tiny, controlled numbers. What happened there prevented everyone else from having their fiar shot to obtain those things.

Even if EQ2 didn't strip these guys of the high end stuff -- and barring Test-only items -- you still couldn't compare the two because everyone still has their fair shot to obtain whatever gear that might have been. Big difference.

If you look at this in a total vacuum then sure, you can get all pissy about it. But given the circumstances, I say big deal. These guys probably helped squash hundreds of bugs over the years and I'm sure that somewhere along the line their testing and feedback helped to improve other parts of the game. After three years of that they wanted to "retire" from that duty and just play the game like everyone else. Their reward was the granting of that wish, which seems justified to me. Who got hurt? No one as far as I can tell.

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