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Everquest Next

4 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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6 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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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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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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Feature: Massively Minecraft Online Role-Playing

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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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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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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9 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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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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