Originally Posted by Neato
The problem with time of year issues is that the Solomon island issue was supposed to have happened around halloween. I don't know how they are going to keep that accurate for years.
Well, everything fell apart around Halloween. I don't know if anyone specifies how long ago that was, exactly, and it's not like anyone would be going around taking down Halloween decorations in the middle of a zombie plague. Of course, logically, you wouldn't expect them to have been holding out all winter in the state we find them, but there's nothing that explicitly contradicts the idea.
On the other hand, they could just have each zone (other than the hubs) effectively fixed in the timeline, and just have seasonal events in the zones that correspond to the right time of year.
Regardless, I very much hope that any seasonal events are in keeping with the tone of the game. Other MMOs tend to have rather silly events, which I think would be very jarring here (though we could have a few lighter moments).
Some "festive" thoughts:
Samhain: The walls between the worlds are thin, and the spirits of the dead return. Some seek to guide us, others to wreak vengeance. Ghosts of dead faction members ask us to finish quests they left unfinished, and the spirits of foes we've killed seek to destroy us.
Yule: The longest night, when the Darkness is at its strongest. Light a candle to drive back the night and ensure that we will see the spring.
Walpurgisnacht: Bonfire night and the Witches' Sabbath. Celebrated in some countries by the ceremonial burning of witch effigies. The witches aren't going to take that lying down (or even upright, strapped to a stake).
Midsummer: The triumph of the Light. For one shining day, we are at our peak, and our foes fall back before us. Glory in it while you can...tomorrow, the Darkness begins to ascend once more. (Perhaps a game-wide buff to everyone who participates, or a debuff to enemies?) Oh, and Denmark burns witch effigies again. They really like burning witches in Denmark. Or maybe they just like fire.