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Everquest Next - Preview @ GameSpot

by Couchpotato, 2013-11-15 03:46:21

GameSpot is the next site to preview Everquest Next Landmark.

In case you missed the initial announcement, EverQuest Next Landmark is a massively multiplayer sandbox in which you get to use voxel brushes, smoothing brushes, and other vital tools to shape, sculpt, and sand the world as you like. These are the same tools the Everquest Next Team is using to build the next-generation Norrath. As for me, I’m no game designer. I had an hour with a high-powered laptop to make something nice. And when that hour was up, what I made wasn’t all that nice. But I still made something, and that was, well, that was something, all right. I certainly can’t claim to not have had all the proper instruments for the job, however. At the start, I looked out onto the rolling green hills from a third-person view and imagined what buildings might be at home in such a place. I then completely dismissed the grand notions that danced in my head, and instead figured I’d start simply: with a rectangular house. Surely some walls, some doors, and a roof wouldn’t be too tough to pull off.

You will soon have a chance to put your own imagination to the test. EverQuest Next Landmark will hit alpha status on February 28, 2014 (hooray for leap year!) or sooner, and will reach closed beta status on March 31, 2014 or sooner. Starting today, you can buy Landmark Founder’s Packs for $19.99, $59.99, or $99.99, each of which nets you some nice goodies. (I wouldn’t mind traipsing about the world with the Trailblazer title, personally.) And of course, Sony Online Entertainment is using a number of avenues for communicating consistently with its community, including its YouTube channel and community round table.

One thing I didn’t get to do was experience Landmark’s resource collection, which starts with the simplest of tools: a copper pick. And then there’s EverQuest Next proper, the upcoming online role-playing game that aims to shake up the genre and may very well succeed. Soon enough, however, we will be starting the first leg of an extended EverQuest journey, and I’m excited to add my own creative expressions to it. Even if that expression is a lopsided house made up of ice and cobblestones.

Information about

Everquest Next

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Platform: PC
Release: In development