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January release likely for EverQuest Next Landmark alpha

Online sandbox game
Dec 20
// Jordan Devore
Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has pinned the EverQuest Next Landmark alpha as happening next month. "It's looking like [the alpha] is going to start sometime in the last half of January," he tweeted. That's...
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EverQuest Next

SOE explains what EverQuest Next Landmark actually is

And it looks awesome
Dec 10
// Joshua Derocher
SOE just released a quick video that answers the question, "what is EverQuest Next Landmark?" Well, it's a game of exploration, monsters to fight, and building just about anything you want. The video shows off building a hou...
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EverQuest Next classes

Here are the four known classes from EverQuest Next

Here's what's next in EQ Next
Nov 27
// Joshua Derocher
The Christmas issue of PC Gamer UK dives into some details on the upcoming EverQuest Next. One of those details is a list of known classes, which includes Cleric, Necromancer, Beast Lord, and Tempest. Here are the description...
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EverQuest Next Landmark

Watch an hour of EverQuest Next Landmark

Nov 15
// Joshua Derocher
Some of the developers from Sony Online Entertainment sat down and livestreamed about EverQuest Next for almost an hour. If you have any interest in this game, this is a great place to learn a lot. They dive into detail...
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EverQuest Next Landmark rolls out its founder's program

Early alpha/beta access and in-game items
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
The Founder's Packs for EverQuest Next Landmark are now available for purchase should you have money sitting around and a desire to send it Sony Online Entertainment's way. There are three tiers -- $19.99, $59.99, and $99.99 ...
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Everquest Next diary

EverQuest Next developer diary shows materials and tools

It's going to be a lot like Minecraft
Nov 06
// Joshua Derocher
EverQuest Next posted a developer diary yesterday, showing off what the materials and tools will look like in Landmark. Players will start off with a copper pickaxe, and they will be able to start harvesting basic materials ...

EverQuest: Call of the Forsaken is live now

The 20th expansion for EQ
Oct 09
// Dale North
EverQuest: Call of the Forsaken brings a new story, new zones, new items, and plenty of tweaks to gameplay today. It's available for $39.99 in a no-frills package, or for $89.99 as a Collector's Edition, which includes bonus ...

EverQuest II now lets you just buy a level 85 character

Lol grinding
Oct 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well, this is happening. EverQuest II is letting players just straight up buy a level 85 Heroic character. No grinding, just throw down real cash and you'll get a high level character along with 280 AA points. There's also a...

SOE Live: Everquest Next videos show face tracking, moves

Aug 03 // Niero Desu
SOEMote with a beauty and the beastly
The face-tracking technology called SOEMote was confirmed to be headed to Everquest Next, said game director Dave Georgeson. The tech was unveiled at E3 last year and is currently available to the public for free in Eve...


Everquest Next, Arkham Multiplayer & Xbox GPU Upgrade

The Destructoid Show sleeps through its alarm sometimes
Aug 02
// Max Scoville
Hey everybody! I'm wearing a really stupid shirt, it must be Friday! Suddenly, there are two new Everquest Next games on the horizon, and they look really cool. Quakecon is happening right now, and there's some Bethesda news...

SOE Live: Here's what EverQuest Next sounds like

Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule gives us a taste
Aug 02
// Niero Desu
During last night's SOE Live keynote, president John Smedley gave the gossip-starved EverQuest fans one dangling carrot: an early taste of the game's musical score and some face time with legendary musical composer Jeremy So...
Even Vegas isn't big enough for these expectations
How do you follow up a game that has captivated so many people for 15 for completely different reasons? Its not a task Sony Online Entertainment has taken to lightly: EverQuest Next has been scrapped twice since 2008 and is ...


SOE reveals Everquest Next

Watch the livestream to see what it's all about
Aug 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Sony Online Entertainment's SOE Live event has just begun in Las Vegas. The big reveal for this event is Everquest Next, and it's an MMO the world "has never seen before" according to SOE President John Smedley. What exactly ...

SOE Live will be streamed, EverQuest NEXT to be unveiled

We'll be Everquestioning
Jul 31
// Niero Desu
Second wives, prepare your divorce papers: EverQuest Next is being unveiled this week.  Sony Online Entertainment kicks off their annual "SOE Live" game expo at 7pm tomorrow in Las Vegas, and I can barely ...

Seven more of the toughest games to run on PC

Apr 09 // Brett Makedonski
Metro 2033 (2010) By far the most popularly acknowledged omission from the original list was Metro 2033. It seemed like no one could get it running properly, no matter how impressive their hardware was. The exact reason for this is unknown, but most chalk it up to a poorly-optimized engine. Regardless, Metro 2033 wasn't a game that many experienced at full capacity. System Shock 2 (1999) Before its release, System Shock 2 was one of the greatest offenders of this topic. A top-of-the-line computer wasn't necessarily enough to play it; it required the user to manually change the number of active processors within the game itself, which is a less-than-ideal way to be able to play a game. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002) Morrowind was a technical achievement of the early 2000s, and the number of awards it won reflected that. The game's world was praised for being expansive and detailed. However, it's this same level of detail that caused it to run at a low frame rate for many players. It was somewhat ironic that what was supposed to be a source of immersion was just a source of frustration for a lot of users. F.E.A.R. (2005) Before Crysis existed, F.E.A.R. was the go-to example for famously hard to run games. It was the first game created on Monolith's LithTech Jupiter EX engine. The engine was very advanced for its time with regard to physics and texture-rendering. However, it came at a price. Jupiter EX wreaked havoc on most PCs as it was extremely resource intensive. EverQuest II (2004) As an MMORPG, it's not surprising that EverQuest II featured a lot of player interaction. However, when the game came out, hardly any computer could handle it without a drop in performance when there was a lot of action on-screen. Far from optimal for a title that puts such an emphasis on group battles. Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason (2009) You can pretty much throw your specs out the window on this one. Cryostasis isn't just difficult to run; it's actually considered to be one of the most poorly-optimized games ever. It's a shame too, as the psychological horror game seemed to put a truly interesting narrative on display, but most people couldn't enjoy it, as the technical issues were too much to overlook. Half-Life 2 (2004) Even Half-Life 2, a title that's included in every "best game ever" conversation, was tough to run on PC. However, this one wasn't the developers' fault. If you had a rig that was capable, this game worked nicely. It was just that it required some beefy specs at the time of release. [Image courtesy of pixelwg]
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From the community
A few months ago, we compiled a list of some of the toughest games to run on PC in honor of the release of Crysis 3. While each of the games listed were certainly troublesome, plenty of additional titles were mentioned in the...


EverQuest gets fashion conscious

Aug 16
// Fraser Brown
After 13 years, EverQuest is still getting updates. I'd be more amazed if I hadn't written about another update at the beginning of the year. It's looking spry for its age. Its players are also getting a new wardrobe -- ...

Free-to-play working out for EverQuest, log-ins up 150%

Apr 18
// Dale North
Sony Online Entertainment's long-running MMO went free-to-play last month, and from the looks of recent figures it seems that the move is working out for them. They knew they were on to something late last year when EverQuest...

Sony Online Entertainment announces SOE Live event

Mar 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sony has announced details for the annual fan event for players of their massively multiplayer titles. Formerly known as Sony Fan Faire, the long weekend of MMO fandom has been rechristened, "SOE Live." The event, which bring...

EverQuest 2's Skyshrine update goes live on April 17th

Mar 13
// Derek Hryniewicz
EverQuest II is back with game update 63 coming April 17th! Sony Online Entertainment is adding content to two different expansions: Destiny of Velious and Age of Discovery. In the DoV updates, players will see the level cap ...

SOE wants to court you but you'll have to work for it

Feb 06
// Fraser Brown
The cold, bleak month of February has never struck me as particularly romantic. But my frosty heart is often melted by trinkets, so I'll take what I can get. With Valentine's Day drawing near SOE has decided to court the play...

Everquest is thirteen and free

Jan 30
// Fraser Brown
Back in 1999 the concept of an MMO baffled me and I would have no truck with the genre until several years later. Thankfully, not everyone was as backwards then, or Everquest would not have lasted for the absurdly long time i...

Soar awkwardly in Everquest II

Jan 11
// Fraser Brown
When it comes to MMOs, some people like to craft, others enjoy thrashing opponents in PvP, there are raidaholics and then there are those folk who just want to make friends. I'm the guy who just wants to move quickly. That's...

EverQuest II changing free-to-play in December, expansion

Nov 10
// Jason Cabral
Hot on the heels of its 7th anniversary, EverQuest II has announced that it will be making changes to the way it handles free-to-play this December. According to producer Dave "SmokeJumper" Georgeson, "We believe the key...

That's So MMO!: Shocktober Sensations

Oct 15
// David Moore
Hail and well met, half-orcs and hobgoblins! Let’s open the door on last week’s MMO news and see how many skeletons fall out.

That's So MMO!: Dark Age Decade

Oct 08
// David Moore
Greetings and salutations, MMO fans! A glance at the sundial tells me it’s time for a look back at the week in persistent gaming. So, without further ado -- let’s see what’s new.  

Smedley: Free-to-play is the future

Sep 19
// Fraser Brown
There's no denying that the free-to-play games has become increasingly more popular in the West. Not only do we have new f2p IPs popping up all over the place, established subscription games are going over to that model as we...

EverQuest Veil of Alaris is in motion before us

Sep 11
// Smurgesborg
Sony Online Entertainment has bestowed upon us a trailer for the new EverQuest: Veil of Alaris pack.  Specifically the trailer gives an overview of Argath, the new zone available within the game. The video spends most o...

That's So MMO!: Super Secret Edition

Aug 27
// David Moore
Hail and well met my MMO brethren! PAX Prime is underway and exciting reveals are sure to arrive at any moment. The week leading up to the event, however, has been fairly quiet. Still, there are a few stories worth mentioning--so, let’s take a look!

[Update: Contest closed! All codes were PM'd to your Destructoid accounts. Check your messages!] Yay, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment are back online! You can play games like EverQuest II again and we have a...


EverQuest Next is the next EverQuest, aptly named

Aug 07
// Matthew Razak
EverQuest may not be as genre-dominatingly popular as Wolrd of Warcraft, but the Sony Online developed series isn't something to be scoffed at in any way. With two games in the series under their belt the EverQuest devs have ...

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