Landmark’s holiday patch introduces the Winter Holiday Party Zone

Landmark’s been eerily quiet since Halloween, but good news, everyone: The game’s just gotten a new holiday-themed update.

Senior Producer Terry Michaels told forumgoers that this morning’s patch will add new props to the voxelbox, including ornaments, wreaths, garlands, trees, snowmen, gramophones, and chests. The team has also fixed come client bugs, opened up a “Winter Holiday Party Zone,” and handed out holiday presents:

“Everyone will have a Holiday Outfit Giftbox in their inventory that, when opened, will give you one of the three holiday sweater outfits. The in-game mail slaugs have painstakingly worked to ensure you get a different outfit from last year if you received one. If you’ve already gotten all 3 from generous friends, you will receive a duplicate of whichever one the slaug working on your gift thought matched your personality best.”

You can read the complete patch notes on the official forums.

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deekay_zero
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melissaheather deekay_zero sorry, other games have better less fps dropping water, and in the sea of small voxel games landmark is a grain of sand on the beach.

whatever the sales pitch was, forget it. it’s clearly not going to happen. we’ve had a year to ruminate on this. throw it in the bin with teh rest of the eternal early access steam small voxel games.

you can’t do 1/5 with the voxels you can do in minecraft either. 

and on the last paragraph: as the people asking questions on the forums and getting banned have noted- landmark was supposed to be us the consumers joining in on the ride of development of eqn. so if you’re right at all, which i doubt, let’s just drop the pretenses there.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Elikal Ialborcales They definitely aimed very high.  Landmark was probably necessary to test their theories and systems and see if they could even really pull it off!  But when you lose your visionaries, you might lose your direction and focus too, and stuff like “dynamic (flowing, that can do things) water” we were promised, maybe we won’t see at all, because it was probably too hard to do, and too graphic intensive.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

deekay_zero No, let’s be honest and fair.  Landmark is Amazing.  Landmark is Incredible.  Anyone who’s stood by the oceans in that game is seeing the best water physics yet depicted in an MMO.  The quality of building structures, the palettes and tricks, put it so far above Minecraft and most other voxel games in quality of construction that it’s not even worth discussing.  Landmark’s 64bit game engine is a powerhouse.  What Landmark is not, apparently, is going much further in actual features.   The promises of giving us tools to create our own quests, trigger events/storybricks, rewards, and content of that nature may never happen at all in Landmark.   That falls short of promises, and so, it is disappointing.
Most people of course were more interested in, and waiting for, EverQuest Next.   I just can’t fathom how closed-lip they are about this game.  It’s like staring at the iron bars and the locked gate outside of Willy Wonka’s factory in the evening gloom.  Do we dare imagine wonderful surprises are being made by the little men inside?  I wish I may, i wish I might…

melissaheather
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melissaheather

PaulFortunato oh, i dunno, even just doing that confirms that it’s real, and that they are actually working on it.  we’re in some baffling black hole of no information.   of one of the hottest MMOs IPs in history, one of the most hotly anticipated MMOs in years… it’s mind-bottling (will farrell voice)  ;) 
I can’t conclude anything but mismanagement from a PR point of view.

Gibbins
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Gibbins

NASA is planning to build a 30m telescope on Nawaii, rumour is they will try and see past the event horizon of a black hole.  A NASA source said “We already have telescopes that see so far they are effectively looking into the past, the 30m telescope looking into a black hole will see the future, but not so far as confirming a release date for EQN, that is still beyond our scientific ability”.

But oooo oooo oooo a snowman.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

josefreaksalem they patch in new textures and props every so often semi regularly.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

don’t get too excited. they’ve been adding stuff like textures and prop sets semi regularly for the past couple years without doing anything much interesting in that time, in between fixing their bi weekly auth server bugs (library wide) they’ve had forever.

there was also the debacle with their forums for eqn the other week where threads asking questions about eqn and the state of landmark were deleted shortly after being posted and getting community receptions, while blatant spam threads were slower to be deleted (and this continues to be the modus operandi of their mod team apparently), though it might come as a surprise to those following the SOE/DBG drama that they still have forums for landmark/eqn at all at this point as it is.

landmark itself is one of a thousand and counting small block voxel games on steam early access that seem to be eternally beta, with the differentiation here being the mmo style hosting and cash shop monetzation, and very little to nothing else (at least that can be considered in favour of landmark vs those other guys).

josefreaksalem
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josefreaksalem

Someone is still working on this game?

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Daybreak’s H1Z1 is consistently among the top selling steam games, Planetside 2 is the biggest F2P mmofps in the world, and they’ve been collecting “founder pack” money for damn near 2 years with landmark.
Yes, well funded.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

rottenrotny /tumbleweed rolling

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

melissaheather I have the distinct impression that Daybreak (SOE) totally bit mor than they could chew. The voxel, the destructible world, the AI mob migration and whatnot. They wanted to make a super marvel, but I think they realized it way too late that aiming so high maybe way aiming too high.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

DahkohtLewin melissaheather Well said.

PaulFortunato
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PaulFortunato

melissaheather

While I agree with your sentiment, sometimes no communication is better than vague communication. If they just say, “we are chugging away at EQN. It will be awhile before we reveal anything to the community”, this will likely have a similar response as no communication and it opens the door to an enthusiastic dev responding to the deluge of questions to contract foot-in-mouth disease and say something that they need to backtrack on later… which spirals into a bigger shitstorm than just putting your proverbial head down, and getting work done.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

agemyth breetoplay MorpayneRADIO  I think people actually want to see something happening in the games they were sold by daybreak. I don’t think “here’s a few hats, wow…busy year hey?” cuts it.

Compare H1Z1 to ark. They both have sold very well on steam and both have large followings of players. Now look at the content added between the two. One is a model for how early access should work…the other is an example of ….well where is all that money going ?

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

breetoplay Tandor Shadewalker melissaheather  Thanks Bree. So she’s divided her time between EQ2 and Landmark?  We were told Landmark staff had been moved to EQN, now it seems they’re back on Landmark via EQ2. What does that tell us about EQN? They are scoring so many own goals where their diminished reputation is concerned – and I say that as a long-term SOE/EQ fan since ’98. They seriously need to get their act together. All it needs is more communication, not less (as we’ve seen with closed forums and a general lack of communication these past many months). They’re better than this.

Saerain
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Saerain

melissaheather Funny you should ask. They did just tweet a link to this on Monday: https://rn12.ultipro.com/SON1002/jobboard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*65900DFA2C35CB42
As for the quiet of the last two months, I know moving to the new studio has had the Workshop Show on hiatus, and it was the main line to the community. Who knows why it would take so long to get it going again, though.

DahkohtLewin
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DahkohtLewin

melissaheather Never ceases to amaze me that  “usinesses don’t realize just how little effort they have to put in to make their customers happy. 

I deal with telco’s constantly due to my engineer job , and a simple call to tell me they will be late to an appt and I’m a-ok with it. Silence and 1 hour later no info ? I’m in a rage and threatening to call off the cut for my customer and have them pick a different provider.

I don’t see how someone can’t draw the conclusion that Landmark is on life-support at best , with so little communication. If they actually planned on it continuing to be supported and making money , they would have at least “tried” , something , something , in the past few months to make others believe so.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Open letter to Daybreak…

it’s been 60 days since any official EQN news of any kind as far as i can tell.  And all that really was had to do with a ‘thanks landmark’ for its contributions in building Next.
it’s been 180+ days since they announced moving their dev resources away from Landmark to Next.
Since then… nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Do you not read forums like this one? Do you not realize just how much cachet and mojo this title had, which you have let completely evaporate from silence and neglect of community?

Are you hiring a community person?  I can definitely do a better job than this in keeping the community engaged.

DahkohtLewin
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DahkohtLewin

Curious if anyone else is like me on this one , bought the top alpha pack when it was first sold ( roughly 99 I think ?) played it a good bit initially even in its rough early alpha stage , was fairly excited and enjoyed it.
Fast forward to now , two years later ( roughly ) , haven’t logged in over 6 months , and likely will never again , just not interested in it anymore.

Cujo H
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Cujo H

Dave G fired, and the game just flies right off the damn tracks.

agemyth
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agemyth

breetoplay MorpayneRADIO People think Daybreak got sold off by Sony because they were just pulling in too much money.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

MorpayneRADIO Wait, well-funded?

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Tandor Shadewalker melissaheather All it would tell me is that the EQ2 expansion needed her talentset more than EQN at the stage it’s in. She’s clearly working on Landmark atm though (look at her twitter).

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

mbbrazen Lhumierre You are probably right because everyone who bought the early access stuff bought it from SOE and not Daybreak and i’m sure they going to say something like this.

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

melissaheather Agreed, and the lack of action on Landmark wouldn’t be so bad if we could actually see some progress with Next. However, that remains pure vaporware by any accepted definition of the term, and increasingly so with every passing month. Moving other teams onto Next tells one story, moving Emily Taylor back from Next to EQ2 tells another.

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

oh Daybreak…really?!

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

Lhumierre Isn’t way to late for refunds? Might as well mark off that money in the lost column.

squidgod2000
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squidgod2000

And the awesome new content is….Christmas fluff?

melissaheather
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melissaheather

blinks… Landmark news? 
It’s true that this game might be still fun if they wouldn’t have so many bloody ‘worlds”.   Every one of them is a ghost town.
it was sorta cool at first when people were actually there doing stuff.  Once you build your house, though, without quests, and without any kind of QOL features regarding your avatar, props that work, etc., there’s just nothing to do.   The combat is super-simple and the enemies aren’t well balanced, and few in variety.   When they said they were moving the dev team off this project to concentrate on Next, they pretty much just pulled the sheet over Landmark as far as it being all the things we were promised.   Dynamic water was always something i marveled over, but it never happened, probably because it’s as fabulously hard to achieve as it sounds.

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

And the years long alphas while charging for “founders packs” continues.

mrnastybutler
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mrnastybutler

Cool, I’m still hoping this is building to EQN.

rottenrotny
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rottenrotny

EQNext????????

/crickets

Wild_Phil
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Wild_Phil

Is that really it after going dark on EQN and putting Landmark into maintenance mode (which it still appears to be based on that ‘patch’)

Kirin
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Kirin

That’s nice. How ’bout that EverQuest Next? Still locking every thread that asks about it on your forums, Daybreak? :(

McSleaz
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McSleaz

Every time I try to get back into this game, I can’t.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

I don’t care about wearing ugly christmas sweaters, Where the hell is the rest of the damn game. If some sort of real news doesn’t happen by january i’m getting a refund.

Omedon
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Omedon

HOLY CRAP IT’S LANDMARK NEWS! :D

nahenway
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nahenway

I like the idea but who to party with? When i visited the game about three weeks ago almost all maps were dead :/ Only a few ppl in the global chat remained. When i first started this game i had really high hops but for now on i feel like this project is even worse than star citizen

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