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5:00 PM on 04.09.2014

H1Z1, a zombie MMO from SOE, is coming soon

Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley said on Twitter that a new post-apocalyptic MMO called H1Z1 will be coming "soon." A new episode of the Game Talk Live podcast, set to show at 8 p.m. Eastern will reveal some early ...

Dale North


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1:30 PM on 01.07.2014

SOE considering one subscription for all PC games

Writing to PlanetSide 2 players about future plans for subscriptions, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley teased the possibility of one sub that would span all of the company's games on PC. "We are considering (a...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 12.20.2013

January release likely for EverQuest Next Landmark alpha

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...

Jordan Devore

11:15 AM on 12.10.2013

SOE explains what EverQuest Next Landmark actually is

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...

Joshua Derocher

7:30 AM on 11.27.2013

Here are the four known classes from EverQuest Next

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...

Joshua Derocher

12:00 PM on 11.15.2013

Watch an hour of EverQuest Next Landmark

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...

Joshua Derocher

4:00 PM on 08.05.2013

Here's why PlanetSide 2 can't do cross-platform play

While the PlayStation 4 version of PlanetSide 2 will be visually similar to its currently-available PC counterpart, the way post-release updates are going to roll out on the platform means the player base will be divided. Cre...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 08.02.2013

Everquest Next, Arkham Multiplayer & Xbox GPU Upgrade

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...

Max Scoville



SOE Live: How to make real-world money in PlanetSide 2 photo
SOE Live: How to make real-world money in PlanetSide 2
by Niero Gonzalez

Matt Higby doesn't know what the future of his game may hold, and he's frankly OK with that. We prodded him with questions about Player Studio, the new marketplace we've blogged about before where gamers can upload and sell their own creations (similar to Valve's strategy).

Mr. Higby wants more of it in there: "People are doing a great job on camos, but there are almost no decals -- which is shocking despite being the easiest to create." You can make some real world loot by submitting helmets, decals, camo patterns, cockpit decals, hood ornaments.  "Eventually, you'll also be able to submit vehicle cosmetics and even weapons," he added.

When we asked him what the company does with ugly submissions he smiled and admitted that "Some stuff frankly sucks, but the community is great about telling people (in the forums) about what's good and not good. We can't let everything through, but some really great stuff has come in."

Has anyone made a Sgt. Slaughter Warthog yet? Seems like a no-brainer for Hossin -- my billion dollar idea to is waiting for you in the gallery below.

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Everquest Next lives up to the hype, is frickin' insane photo
Everquest Next lives up to the hype, is frickin' insane
by Niero Gonzalez

In a move nobody could have predicted, Sony Online Entertainment is showcasing not one but two new EverQuest properties today: EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark -- and the latter may be arriving as early as this winter.

EverQuest Next is a re-imagining of the original 1999 classic, while Landmark is essentially a free-to-play sandbox with rich voxel modeling tools that will usher some of the community's penis-free creations into the future world of EverQuest Next.

Crafting and digging deep into the earth's crust only scratch the surface of what's new. The new games are a radical departure in three other ways: multi-classed characters can mix and match abilities, there's an "Emergent AI" that does not rely on static spawn points, and permanent changes to the world are dictated by the outcomes of wars. These four pillars prop up what, if my eyes don't deceive me, is an otherwise gorgeous-looking next-gen game that absolutely deserves all the whispers and hype since its E3 stealth debut.

Kids, hold on to your hats. This is not your dad's Dungeons and Dragons.

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11:16 AM on 08.02.2013

SOE Live: Here's what EverQuest Next sounds like

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...

Niero Gonzalez





11:00 AM on 08.02.2013

SOE Live: Watch the EverQuest Next keynote hurr

The show won't start until 12pm PDT, but there are already a thousand rabid fans squatting the chat room (myself amongst them) and people here in Las Vegas seem to have camped the convention center floor overnight for prime ...

Niero Gonzalez



SOE Live: What fans want from EverQuest Next (video) photo
SOE Live: What fans want from EverQuest Next (video)
by Niero Gonzalez

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 about to finally see its day with the public at noon today (PDT). We'll have the live stream for you shortly so you can catch all the action.

As you can imagine, the fans  are literally going bat-shit, including those of us whom have seen it and have to hold the embargoed grenade for just a few more hours.

In the meantime, I found some smiling faces in the crowd and asked them to share their thoughts on video. What do you guys at home hope to see this afternoon?

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9:00 PM on 08.01.2013

SOE reveals Everquest Next

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 ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:15 PM on 07.31.2013

SOE Live will be streamed, EverQuest NEXT to be unveiled

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 ...

Niero Gonzalez

8:00 PM on 07.29.2013

SOE opens up item creation in PlanetSide 2

While item creation doesn't necessarily fit with every game, I look forward to a future where more online games adopt the Team Fortress 2 model or some approximation of it. Let users create assets that can be sold in a market...

Jordan Devore