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We're just hours away from Age of Discovery, Game Update 62: Freeport Reborn and EverQuest II’s transition to free-to-play! That's a lot of new, exciting stuff going on, so naturally we will experience extended downtime to make it all happen. Hang in there!

Important: This is an estimate of our anticipated downtime; please keep an eye on the forums and Facebook for any changes and updates!

All EQII and EQ2X servers will come offline at 12:01 AM PST* on Tuesday, December 6th, to prepare for this massive transition and content update. We anticipate game servers will be back online before 12:00 Noon PST*. Due to the volume of data involved, international servers will experience extended downtime.

In addition, SOE account management and commerce services will be offline in all games during the transition period. Forums may also experience periodic outages. Remember that the EQ2X forums will be locked tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM PST*. We warmly welcome all EQ2X forum users to take this time to register anew on the EQII forums; you can start posting there now!

We are proud to announce that you’ll also find a shiny new website when EverQuest II comes back online. We hope you enjoy our new, streamlined look!

Don't miss our "Countdown to Age of Discovery” launch day webcast, beginning at 8:00 AM PST* on Tuesday morning! We'll interview bleary-eyed, hardworking members of the EverQuest II team, provide live status updates - we'll even have some opportunities to win EQII shwag! We'll be on the air until 9:45 AM PST*, so tune in on TwitchTV for the webcast while you wait for the servers to come back online.

Finally, look for a Producer’s Letter from Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson, bright and early tomorrow morning, to usher in a new era for EverQuest II!

If you haven't yet bought your Age of Discovery expansion, there's still time to pre-order! Pre-orders end on December 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST*. If you pre-order the game, you can lock in special savings and get a unique pre-order item. Click here to get it now!

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