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Everquest Next

2 years ago

EverQuest Landmark is closing down next month

EverQuest Next could have been the MMO to make me love MMOs. I didn't have a World of Warcraft phase or a City of Heroes phase, or even much of an Ultima Online phase, so these big multiplayer worlds have always been a bit of a mystery to me. The idea of existing alongside hundreds of other people is exciting, but I'm more interested in…

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3 years ago

Feature: It's been a pretty good run

The RPG Scrollbars: EverQuest Next Killed The MMORPG

Light a candle for the genre, it's basically done. Oh, it'll keep ticking along, of course. This month we've seen Black Desert Online, there's others on the way, and there'll always be some audience for both the mostly Korean-born clickers and the occasional new idea. Personally I'm hoping for City of Titans to scratch that superhero itch that Champions Online sure as heck can't, and…

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MMOh, Awww: EverQuest Next Cancelled, “Wasn’t Fun”

EverQuest Next was one of the more interesting MMORPG ideas I've seen in a fair while. I dug the idea of introducing a touch of Minecraft with a world built in collaboration with fans, and destructible terrain letting players carve paths and find hidden places sounded more interesting than many MMO worlds. But... it's off. Developers Daybreak Game Company, the studio formerly known as Sony…

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5 years ago

Feature: Ore, really.

Impressions: Landmark

You can now join Landmark for just £14. Sony's Minecraft-esque adjunct to EverQuest Next has lowered the barrier of entry into the closed beta so even a frugal Scottish freelancer can stroll in. I've spent the weekend wandering the worlds, admiring what's being built and testing the tools. I am currently not dead, but if I died and you were to look through my search…

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EverQuest Next Landmark Gets Name Change, Closed Beta

I always did think that EverQuest Next Landmark was kind of a clunky name. And, true story, I know plenty of people in the gaming industry - devs and journos alike - who don't understand that it's an entirely separate experience from EverQuest Next proper. So I suppose it only makes sense that SOE's decided to shave it down into to a more prim and…

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Feature: The Legend Of Sky City

The EverQuest Landmark Adventure You Might Never Have

As we recently reported, EverQuest Next Landmark's paid alpha is officially up and running, and we'll bring you streaming video and impressions of it soon. But first, I'd like to tell the story of an EQNL adventure that you probably won't be able to have, despite the MMO/space-age imagination engine's formidable voxel-powered flexibility. I have seen the very limits of Landmark's evergreen realms, tunneled to…

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EverQuest Next Landmark’s Insane Ambitions Video-ed

I have played EverQuest Next Landmark, and lo, it was akin to using Photoshop to birth worlds from my finger (and brain) tips. Also, a giant ice cream cone. For all of SOE's boasting, there's actually some awe-worthy power in the toolset, and that's not even all there is to the game. Landmark is a universe of exploration, combat, and survival that will constantly expand as…

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I Will Never Be This Creative In EverQuest Next Landmark

My proudest Minecraft creation was a shack on top of a mountain. It had a single room, a bed, a chest and one glass wall that looked out across the world as far as the draw distance could see. It was a terrible little box but it was my terrible little box. I look at some of the architectural wonders and recreations that people make…

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6 years ago

Feature: Leaving A Mark

SOE On Why EQN Landmark Is Its *Real* Next Big Thing

EverQuest Next sounds marvelous. Maybe, finally, it will be the fountain of youthful innovation that this creaky, stuck-in-its-ways genre so desperately needs. A lot of jaded players are pinning their hopes on it, so fingers crossed. Here's the thing, though: SOE's EverQuest Next is actually only a very small part of the bigger picture. EverQuest Next: Landmark is the game that SOE thinks should *really*…

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I Built A Giant Ice Cream In EverQuest Next: Landmark

When I was but a wee young'un, I played the original EverQuest until I felt more lizard person than socially confused middle-schooler, until I could fearlessly face down even the most mildly irritated of dogs because they weren't Sand Giants. If you had asked me back then, "Gee Nathan, where do you think this series will end up in 13 or so years," I would've…

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EverQuest Next Landmark Dev Diary Explains Minecraft

I knew roughly what SOE had planned for their new EverQuest game, but I was still surprised by how different it was when Adam broke the cardinal rule of Vegas by telling us about it. The first part, Landmark, is a free-to-play sandbox game built from voxels in which players can dig and build and design the world around them. The latest developer diary walks…

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Let’s All Sign Up To EverQuest Next’s Landmark Beta

Mighty Questers of Early Access, in search of the door into EverQuest Next Landmark, do not falter. You are nearly there. You've captured the breath of the Dragon of What, held steady as you traversed the lands of Really? EverQuest? If You Say So, and ascended the peak of Is It Out, Yet?. There is one more step on the road, a perilous place known…

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Everquest Next Videos Reveal Fantasy Handsomeness

Forthcoming MMO genre-shaker Everquest Next, and it's building sub-game/precursor Landmark, have been fleshed out in a little more detail over at Seattle mega-con, PAX, thanks to the machinations of PC Gamer. You can examine the videos from this reveal with your own Eye Of Sauron, below. The first shows some movement through the world of next, and the second shows a little bit more of…

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But Can I Craft A Mine? Everquest Next – Landmark

Talking to the monsters just isn't enough any more, things must be more complex. Gamers the world over cry-out for not only deeper interaction with their digital worlds but the ability to terraform them as well. Thus when earlier this month Sony Online Entertainment shocked the world by revealing Everquest Next might actually be relevant to the wider gaming community, its world-building utility Landmark was…

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Cast Your Eye Buffs On EverQuest Next

Until very recently, if I'd walked up to someone and asked them if they were excited about the new EverQuest game, any positive response would have seen the authorities rush in. The Pod Person would then be gassed and caged, the area evacuated and nuked, and humanity would feel just a little bit more vulnerable. Even now, when I look in the mirror and someone…

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Feature: The next big thing

First Look: Everquest Next

Yesterday, Sony Online Entertainment significantly altered my entire outlook on the next twelve months of gaming. When I sat down, along with a small gathering of journalists invited to see the reveal of Everquest Next, I wasn’t expecting to have my line of thinking about MMORPGs to fundamentally shift, but that’s precisely what happened. From being a game in a genre that I have only…

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Forging Worlds: Everquest Next – Landmark

Along with the first full reveal of the hugely exciting Everquest Next, Sonly Online Entertainment announced another title, Everquest Landmark. Quite how they've kept its existence a secret I don't know. If I'd been working on it, self-trumpet blower that I am, I'd have been shouting about it from the rooftops. To be released later this year, preceding Next, it's a construction and exploration game…

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7 years ago

Feature: ForeverQuest

PlanetSide 2, EQ Next, And SOE’s Player-Driven Future

I'm beginning to think gaming industry people don't actually know what the word "dead" means. Back in my day, it was a pretty final thing - oftentimes even considered fatal. Now, though, if something doesn't have all eyes on it, it's apparently dead and gone forever. Just ask adventure games and, oh right, that whole "entirety of PC gaming" thing. And now, with the era…

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8 years ago

Phew/Boo: Planetside Next Is Alive/Delayed

Bad, sad times hit Sony Online Entertainment last week, with the revelation that the MMO division is closing three studios, laying off a third of its staff and summarily executing planned spy game The Agency. This all sucks - hope everyone affected finds safe harbour very soon. So what does this mean for the game we've waited our whole lives* for, the sequel to massively…

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9 years ago

The Future Of Everquest: Everquest Next

EQ's Fan Faire event in Las Vegas has had a big reveal: the working title for the next Everquest title is... Everquest Next. Which is exciting, I suppose, because it means that there really is another Everquest game in the works. EQWire totally blogged the panel in which the new game was mentioned, and although details remain fairly scant, it seems that Everquest Next will…

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