So, Sony recently announced their next Everquest game. It sounds pretty cool – dynamic world AI, voxel-based landscapes, and –
Oh, you’ve heard about it already?
I’m really not sure when we last saw an announcement that has gotten the MMO community as excited as the EQNext reveal this weekend – and for good reason. The features they’re promising sound utterly revolutionary, and more importantly, at least reasonably achievable. I’m personally familiar with the kind of voxel-based landscape engine they’re using – it’s very doable for a next-gen game.
But will it actually work?
Let’s go to the phones – or, as the case may be, blogs:
- Aardwulf gives us a comprehensive look at the announcement’s key features, with detailed thoughts on just how achievable they are – plus a video look at the entire thing!
Read “Everquest Next Impressions So Far” »
Watch “EverQuest Next Revealed and Why You Should Pay Attention” »
- Tobold, ever the contrarian, takes issue with the description of EQNext as a pure “world” MMORPG, pointing out that the real world doesn’t have levels, amongst other things.
Read ” There is no such thing as a sandbox game ” »
- The Ancient Gaming Noob gives us a round-up of more spur-of-the-moment posts from before all the announcements were completed, as well as a huge rundown and discussion of everything revealed.
Read “Monday Morning Talking Points For Everquest Next” »
- The Nozy Gamer gives us an EVE player’s view on the world – and in particular, how genuinely free players’ choices will be in this world.
Read “Everquest Next: I better be careful” »
- Flosch gives us a short, helpful hint on a way that might work if you want to sign up for the EQNext beta as a European.
Read “Signing Up For The EQN Beta As A European” »
- Jaedia’s sold. Officially. And in this interesting post, she gives us all the reasons why she’s extremely excited about EQNext, from the graphical style to the sheer innovation.
Read “Everquest Next: OK, I’m Sold” »
- And in something of a counterpoint to the last post, it will surprise no-one to learn that Syncaine doesn’t think EQNext is going to be any good – but his reasons are thought-provoking.
Read “EQN – Leading Off With Your Best” »
- Scree gives us a balanced look at the announcements, praising the passion of the developers but questioning if, in particular, the AI’s actually possible.
Read “Everquest Next Revealed” »
What do you think? Is it as good as it looks?