The name EverQuest still sends a flutter of nostalgic glee through the hearts of many a hardcore MMO player. It may have been supplanted long ago by World of Warcraft as the most popular MMO on the market, but many gamers still have a special place in their hearts for good ol’ EQ. Even gamers who aren’t especially into MMO’s have a certain amount of reverence for the talented minds behind one of the most heralded franchises in the history of the genre.
As we edge nearer the launches of both EverQuest Next and its social world builder sister game, EverQuest Next Landmark, we thought it might be a good idea to break down everything you need to know about both of these titles, priming you for their respective – and hopefully extraordinarily successful – launches.
The Skinny on EverQuest Next
In a word, if you were a fan of the original EverQuest, you’ll want to keep an eye on this. A lot of this has to do with the fact that the designers really haven’t changed too much of the core gameplay elements, though they have taken on a markedly new methodology when it comes to creating the world. Of all of the things that it seemingly does well, one of the promising aspects of EQN is that it breaks away from traditional “theme park” style gameplay of many MMOs. That said, EverQuest Next isn’t exactly a sandbox MMO, it lies somewhere in the middle.
The game is built around the idea of procedural quests, which has become a buzz word of sorts, a simple idea that’s potentially very interesting because it means that a lot of activities that you end up embarking on are due to independent monster behavior. Oh, there are destructible environments, too!
However, perhaps the most interesting thing about EverQuest Next is that SOE are trying to foster and create an environment where there is a detailed history of your character, including permanent settlements, various landmarks that can be kept for the whole world to see, as well as a slew of other things that will motivate players to stay in the world and have a measured impact upon it.
Here’s hoping they pull it off!
What is EverQuest Next Landmark?
Currently in paid beta, EverQuest Next Landmark is a very different type of game; while we’ve seen some games that implement aspects of EQNL’s gameplay, most recently in games like Minecraft, we’ve definitely never seen anything on this scale. In a word, Landmark is ambitious. EverQuest Next Landmark is an online persistent world where you and your buddies can create virtual structures that can be shared. Because the entire world is made up three dimensional pixels called voxels, players have the ability to reshape the landscape, building houses, castles, entire villages and cities.
One exciting aspect of Landmark is that it supports SOE’s Player Studio, allowing you to make money on the items you create, a feature still generally only reserved for a few titles on the market, like Team Fortress 2.
However, it’s the social factor that plays a huge part here. Modern MMOs are a lot more social than those that we’ve seen in the past and EverQuest Next Landmark is primed to push that to the next level.
Keep an eye out, we’ll have more news on both titles as we get closer to launch.