Everquest Next - Franchise Updates
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January 24th, 2014, 01:07
I'm assuming invites will be extremely limited at first, perhaps open only to veteran SOE game players.
Pffftttt. I'm a veteran SOE (actually it wasn't SOE when Everquest was released but whatever) game player. Veteran enough I remember how all this turned out:
In April 2000, Verant hired former Ultima Online developers Raph Koster and Rich Vogel. They formed an office in Austin, Texas, to develop Star Wars Galaxies for LucasArts. SOE acquired Verant in June 2000, and eventually promoted Brad McQuaid to be its Chief Creative Officer. In October 2001, McQuaid resigned and then founded Sigil Games Online, drawing many of the original developers of EverQuest from SOE.
There's about a snowball's chance in hell they want their new Everquest tested by anyone who was around and active in original Everquest and on the Everquest forums, back then. My guess is they'll have the game tested by their own employees, and nobody else. I'll refrain from making all the comments about certain industry douchebags that I'd been intending to make. It's effing amazing to me that the very people who so badly screwed up major titles in the past are the ones who keep getting promoted to bigger and better things. Which they also screw up.
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