MMO Week in Review: The future of EverQuest Next [May 3, 2015]

    
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You know what scared me the most about Daybreak’s ongoing drama earlier this year? John Smedley stopped saying wild things in interviews and social media. But don’t worry, guys; the Smed is back. This week he told a mainstream gaming publication all about the company’s enthusiasm for “chang[ing] with the times” to embrace console, mobile, VR, and abbreviated play sessions in a modern world where “the days of the WoW-style MMO are over.”

This, of course, terrified players of Daybreak’s current stable of MMORPGs as well as those awaiting the arrival of someday-sandbox EverQuest Next. Smed assured the throngs on Reddit that Daybreak “plan[s] on continuing to support EQ and EQ2 for the very long haul” and clarified that while EverQuest Next will have raids, they won’t be grueling, eight-hour affairs.

Of course, almost no one does those in WoW anymore either, and I never did meet a WoW raid that wasn’t eclipsed by the fall-asleep-at-your-keyboard marathons invented by classic EverQuest, but who’s counting?

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Camelot Unchained has a new wiki, newsletter, and more - As usual it's an eventful Friday afternoon for fans of RvR fantasy sandbox Camelot Unchained. There's a new newsletter, and CityState is also testing a new method for communicating about the project going forward. The format…
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Steam empowers studios to permaban players - Forget modgate -- the next controversial decision by Valve might already be here. The company announced that it will be allowing game studios to identify disruptive or cheating players and target them for permanent bans from…
Blasting through a hands-on with TERA’s new Gunner - Are you tempted by TERA's new Gunner? I am. Admittedly it's been a long while since I've frolicked in the land of Arborea, but my interest is piqued. Basically, I'd never really felt a great affinity for my Priest…
Massively Overthinking: Are boutique MMOs the future? - This week's Massively Overthinking question comes to us from Kickstarter donor Taemys, who just so happens to be a guildie of mine. He's clever, and so is his concern: "Are all the smaller, 'boutique' MMO's the…
ArcheAge releases the Dread Prophecies update - Ghost ships? An aggravated kraken? Just what in Sam Hill is going on in ArcheAge these days, anyway? Well, the fantasy sandpark has released one of its biggest updates yet with The Dread Prophecies. The sea-focused patch…
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Kayweg
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themindstream Take my original reply as a tongue in cheek remark.:)
I always understood Landmark as the workshop/vehicle to develop EQN from.
Having beta access to Landmark myself, i think a “worthy” EQN CAN come from it, if it will is a different matter.
I believe Landmark will be a good game in itself, sadly i lack the talent and creativity to get the most out of it.

themindstream
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themindstream

Kayweg I’ve been poking at Landmark again (they’re doing a big wipe update this week) and it currently looks like they’re in the process of trying to differentiate Landmark from EQN; they’ve stripped out or simplified a lot of things that were EQN specific and taken out a lot of the MMO-style grind.

Currently I think Landmark is a nice engine/building sandbox in want of a game (and the elongated alpha/beta hasn’t helped player retention). I like building sandboxes (I’m a Second Life vet and sometime freelance modeler) but I’m not about to recommend it to anyone with no interest in that, and definitely not that people spend money on it.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Damonvile They are damaging confidence with no updates and information stream, yes.

Kayweg
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Kayweg

melissamcdon I know, it doesn’t make sense.

I’m afraid not everything i wonder about does.;)

Zer0K
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Zer0K

Really. Though I really wish they’d come out with specific EQN related updates more often to give enough confidence that they’re actually making the game and that we’ll see a release hopefully before I die.

Mikey Moo
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Mikey Moo

Kayweg It won’t be. It wouldn’t make any sense, with the whole “sci fi” thing they allow. Landmark is a milestone, EQN will be built off what they developed landmark into, but it’ll be a separate game.

Saerain
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Saerain

Kayweg Saerain Understandable, but that’s kind of why I wonder what he means about expectations.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

I often wonder if the silence is to create a sort of anti hype vacuum for EQ:N  Most of the time gamers hype up a game to the point where they expect it to be better than sex, with a sandwich in one hand and beer in the other while watching the superbowl and are surprised when they’re disappointed.

What we’re seeing now with all this silence is people are still talking about it all the time, the word about it is still spreading but the expectations for the game are getting lower and lower every time we read something new.By the time it launches will our expectations be around the level of sitting on your hand till it falls asleep so it feels like someone else is doing it ?

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Neiloch Seriously, raids weren’t even like that back when I raided in VG in 2007! Or maybe I was just in a decent guild that organized and got things done efficiently? People have some very weird ideas of what raiding is and who does it (apparently no one.) I haven’t raided in years but I still think it’s a viable playstyle and I know plenty of people who enjoy it.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Kayweg People keep saying that, but it makes no sense when they keep insisting EQN actually does exist.   And we’ve seen different races like the kerran, etc…