The EverQuest Next Landmark team have released a new video today to further sell players on just how easy it will be to build houses and design landscape vistas in SOE’s Minecraft-killer:
It’s time for our next EverQuest Next/EQN Landmark livestream!
In this week’s episode, join host Colette “Dexella” Murphy (Community Manager) as she talks with Dave Georgeson (Director of Development) and Terry Michaels (Senior Producer) about Trailblazer, Explorer, and Settler Packs, the Alpha/Beta process for EQN Landmark, and more!
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 4:00PM Pacific Time*
Time Zone Conversions
- PST: November 13 @ 4:00pm
- EST: November 13 @ 7:00pm
- GMT: November 14 @ 0:00
- CET: November 14 @ 1:00
Here’s a video that further explains the Founder’s Packs unveiled today.
And it looks like most of the Press sites got to play around in EQNext Landmark pre-Alpha based on the articles out there today:
PC Gamer: EverQuest Next Landmark hands-on preview
EGM Now: Hands-On EverQuest Next Landmark
RockPaperShotgun: I Built A Giant Ice Cream In EverQuest Next: Landmark
I guess ZAM‘s invite got lost in the mail?
In keeping with the stylized themes and appearances we have seen so far, this looks to be a very polished next generation FreeRealms, with the incredible customization and building of Minecraft. Do you agree?
The moment EQNext and EQNext Landmark fans have been waiting for is finally here! The EQNext Landmark Alpha testing and Closed Beta dates are out:
- EQNext Landmark Alpha testing – February 28-March 30th
- EQNext Landmark Closed Beta testing – March 31-unknown
Also, it looks like SOE is going to take a page from Minecraft and do Founder’s Packages which will give players early access:
The basic package (Settler Pack – $19.99) grants access to the Closed Beta on March 31st.
The middle package (Explorer Pack – $59.99) will get you into both the Alpha and Closed Beta testing and some in-game clothing.
The best package is clearly the Trailblazer pack ($99.99) which grants access to the EQNext Landmark Alpha on February 28th, Closed Beta on March 31st, four Closed Beta keys you can give out to friends for ONE week of gameplay, a wagon load of in-game goodies, and finally, a 2 Day headstart on the EQNext Landmark Open Beta so you’ll be able to stake your claims early!
Just as any tissue paper will inevitably be confused with Kleenex, and any photocopier technology will — sooner or later — be referred to as a Xerox, it seems any high fantasy MMO will eventually get painted with the “it looks like World of Warcraft” brush. But in the case of EverQuest Next, are those comparisons fair or even appropriate?
Sure the Kerra (Vah Shir?) have big shoulder armor and smooth features, but the similarities seem to end there. The characters are lithe and thin, not chunky like WoW. Further, the large, expressive eyes are far more akin to Disney or anime than any other property. It’s a character style that is built for Storytelling, but have the team gone too far? The stylized appearance of the Tony the Tigeresque Kerra has polarized the EQ and EQ2 fanbases, leading a number of players to discount the game before it’s even in Beta.
With the EverQuest Next team working so closely together for the last few years, yet isolated from the rest of SOE, no doubt they have built bonds of friendship which are like family. So when players reacted negatively to the character design, Rosie Rappaport, EQNext’s Senior Art Director, came to the defense of the design team like a mother hen.
After the jump, her tweets on the subject:
Amid all of the revelry surrounding EverQuest Next’s announcement are a few grumpy faces concerned that SOE was looking to region lock the upcoming title. President John Smedley took to Twitter to address the confusion.
Clearing up a few misconceptions about EQN in Europe and UK. All players including ones from Prosieben can play on all servers.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 8, 2013
If you are from the Eu or UK you will go through Prosieben but it will be playing on SOE servers.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 8, 2013
So there you have it: We will soon be one happy family with an infectious case of the voxels.
From the EverQuestNext Youtube, Senior Producer Terry Michaels takes you on a video tour inside the Black Box where the team is making EverQuest Next…
I have an update regarding Saturday’s EverQuest Next panels.
Upon reflection of viewership numbers, lack of any kind of cellular data service in the conference rooms, and the high cost of Wifi in said rooms ($25 for 3 hours), and thus being unable to post photos in realtime on a different device while typing, I’m making the choice NOT to Liveblog Saturday’s panels.
Instead, I will be writing and posting my impressions of the panels, as well as key points such as announced list of Classes.
A ton of EQNext info has been released on game sites and social media. So we’ll be recording the panels in 720p HD video and releasing in the following days! Thank you!
Check it out guys…
Gotta go — in a panel!
Dethdlr Edit: The beta sign up is there, first four polls of the roundtable, gameplay videos, screenshots, concept art, forums, all kinds of things are now available on that site. Check it out.
EQNext Fan sites like EQNWire, EQNexus, EQNForum, and EverCast didn’t get invited to check out EverQuest Next like the “big boys” at MMORPG, Curse, or TenTonHammer, but that’s ok! We’ll be covering EverQuest Next from a player perspective, since we are players first, and fansite authors second!
We’re expecting some big reveals today, and the Press sites mentioned above are no doubt putting the finishing touches on extensive preview articles they’ll be posting today. To hear and see everything you can about ‘Next, you’ll want to check out all these sites to see what SOE has shared with them. I’m figuring these articles will post at Noon or shortly after the EQNext Reveal panel starts at Noon today. Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing some changes to the EverQuest Next website today, and maybe even a place to plug in your e-mail address for something or other.
We’ll also be watching Massively who, thanks to Karen Bryan and MJ Guthrie, cover EQ2 not just a few times a year but every week , keeping EQ2 on the radar of MMO gamers who might try it out due to their great articles!
EQNWire will be livecasting (if we can find a corner of the Ballroom that gets any cell reception) from the EQNext Reveal panel at Noon Pacific (3pm EDT, 20:00 BST, 21:00 CET). All the other panels are in the smaller rooms where cell service isn’t
The EverQuest Next Reveal will also be livecast on Twitch.tv. Don’t miss it! Most of SOE’s employees have not seen the presentation we will soon be seeing, so they’ll be watching eyes glued as well!
Welcome to the SOE Live 2013 Welcome Reception. Tonight includes a keynote about EverQuest and EverQuest II, no doubt with a teaser of their upcoming expansions.
The Keynote is scheduled for two hours starting at 7pm PDT Thursday (10pm EDT, 3am BST, 4am CET).
NOTE: EverQuest Next news will be TOMORROW, Friday August 2nd at Noon Pacific Daylight Time.
This is a LIVEBLOG hosted by Blyve.
Sony Online Entertainment‘s SOE Live event is promising to be bigger than ever this year, as the company is reporting that advance passes are sold out and that walk-up tickets are expected to do the same, and quickly.
SOE Live 2013, which takes place August 1st through 4th at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, is surrounded by hype thanks largely to the long-awaited debut of EverQuest Next. SOE will also host five tournaments, a silent auction, a pool party, and talent and costume contests.
We have two Massively staffers on deck in Vegas: MJ Guthrie and Karen Bryan will be covering news as it happens.
Chuina has beaten Audacity into submission and distilled the first episode of EverCast (which aired live on Sunday, July 28th) into a nice clear Podcast, which should make for a great listen on the flight to Vegas, or while you are sitting around at home waiting for EQNext news to finally break!
EverCast is born with our first episode! Join hosts: Chuina, Flattus, Kalbuir, and Tannlin on our bi-weekly expedition across all things Norrath and EverQuest Next. Our motto is simple, “Connect players to the game they play.” We intend to be a nexus of information for the EverQuest Next Community and a safe zone for debate and discussion.
Our format is unique to most shows. We go live on our Twitch every other Sunday 10pm EST, 7 pacific, with a unique set of topics and a wonderful guest host. Afterwards, we welcome all to come join us in our After Hours Chat, watch our High Definition videos on our YouTube and of course check out our audio version here at OGRShows.
Be sure to follow our Twitter for all of the latest updates and show shenanigans.
Vanu Labs, a Planetside 2 player known for unearthing game assets before they’re ready for public consumption, has posted a mysterious Youtube video of a PS2 vehicle bearing an ”EverQuest Next” decal on its side. It is unclear if this is a fantasy logo, some early artwork, or if this is in fact representative of the final logo. Normally, EQNWire does not post unsubstantiated rumors, but in the absence of information lately…
Here’s the Youtube video in question:
Logo from RoyAwesome:
EQNWire will be (where else?) in Las Vegas this weekend for our sixth SOE Live covering EverQuest II, as well as the upcoming EverQuest Next on our sister site EQ2Wire.com. I’ll also be presenting a panel about our EQ2 armory site EQ2U as well as plans for the future.
You can read the official SOE Live 2013 Schedule here (hopefully with no more changes!), but here’s the list of panels I will be attending, with notations of which panels I will be Liveblogging and which I will be recording in 720p HD video. All times are Pacific Daylight Time!
- Thursday, August 1
- EQNWire/Dragon’s Armory Meet Up! – 4-5pm — If you are in Vegas, join us in the Planet Hollywood Mezzanine. We’ll find a comfortable place to sit, either in the Lounge or Theater and chat.
- Welcome Reception and Keynote Address - 7-9pm – Covering EverQuest and EverQuest II. This will also be livestreamed on Twitch.tv.
- Friday, August 2
- EverQuest Next Debut - Noon-1:30pm – First look at EverQuest Next! This will also be livestreamed on Twitch.tv.
- EQ2U & Dragon’s Armory Player Panel - 2-3pm – The future of EQ2U, plus Dragon’s Armory will unveil a major revamp!
- EverQuest II: Systems - 3-4pm – Classes, Tradeskills, PvP, and more.
- EverQuest II: Expansion #10 – 4-5pm – EverQuest II’s 10th expansion.
- EverQuest II: Itemization Evolves – 5-6pm – Hear about some great things coming to EQ2 Itemization.
UPDATE: Upon reflection of viewership numbers, lack of any kind of cellular data service in the conference rooms, and the high cost of Wifi in said rooms ($25 for 3 hours), and thus being unable to post photos in realtime, I’m NOT going to be Liveblogging on Saturday. A ton of EQNext info has been released on game sites and social media. So we’ll be recording a ton of panels in 720p HD video and releasing in the following days! Thank you!
- Saturday, August 3
- EverQuest II: Art & Animation – 10-11am - Monsters, Dungeons, Animation, Armor and more!
- EverQuest Next: Showing Off Your Creativity – 11am-Noon -
- EverQuest Next: The Classes of EQN - 1-2pm -
- EverQuest Next: The Lore of EQN – 2-3pm –
- EverQuest Next: Creating a World – 3-4pm –
- EverQuest Next: Q&A – 4-5pm –
Looking For Video
The biggest holes in my schedule are Friday’s “The World of EverQuest Next” (5-6pm) panel as it conflicts with an EQ2 panel, and Sunday’s “EverQuest Next: Inside the Writer’s Room” (Noon-1pm) and “EverQuest II Q&A” (1-2pm) which takes place after I’ve left Vegas. We are hopeful that at least one person will produce a High Definition tripod video of each of these three panels and then share them on Youtube.
Today, the first of the “Stretch Goals” from EverQuestNext.com for Liking, Friending, and Following SOE’s EQN accounts was released on Facebook. It’s Gabor Szikszai‘s sketch of his concept of EverQuest Next, and then subsequent photos of him painting the final artwork which was released a few weeks back.