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8:00 PM on 04.11.2014

The joy of MMOs

Read this list and let me know if it sounds like a good time. Crunching numbers in the wee hours of the night to maximize damage output. Grinding out levels and letting auto-attack handle things for a few seconds while you pl...

Chris Carter


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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

1:00 AM on 01.07.2014

EverQuest co-designer working on a new MMO

EverQuest co-designer Brad McQuaide ended his most recent stint with Sony Online Entertainment last August and is now working on Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. Does anyone get anything out of all these similar sounding fantasy...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 01.05.2014

SOE changing its terms for a few free-to-play games

Right now, it's a pretty popular option to let subscribers of free-to-play games pay a monthly fee to get extra stuff on top of the F2P experience. Players of EverQuest, EverQuest II, and PlanetSide 2 currently get 500 "Stati...

Chris Carter

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

3:00 PM on 11.11.2013

EverQuest Next Landmark rolls out its founder's program

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 ...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 11.06.2013

EverQuest Next developer diary shows materials and tools

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 ...

Joshua Derocher

2:30 PM on 10.09.2013

EverQuest: Call of the Forsaken is live now

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 ...

Dale North





6:00 AM on 10.02.2013

EverQuest II now lets you just buy a level 85 character

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



SOE Live: Everquest Next videos show face tracking, moves photo
SOE Live: Everquest Next videos show face tracking, moves
by Niero Gonzalez

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 Everquest II -- all you need is a webcam and you're good to go. Though still a little rough around the edges, it shows promise of what the future of what personal virtual interactions could be like. Cutting to the chase, I'm surprised the porn industry didn't beat them to it. That's where all technology comes from, so I'm told.

Everquest Next will also feature less fumbling with your keyboard when moving across environment through some automatic parkour wizardry. In the video shown above you'll notice that when the characters confront small boulders they simply swings around it with liquidity. No button pressing is needed to perform these actions, which they're calling "Heroic Movements". When combined with double-jumping and magical items (like gliding boots) the tedium of moving across a field begins to sounds like less of a chore. 

SOE Live wraps later tonight, so we'll continue to prod the developers for more details. Is there anything you've seen you're curious about? Let me know and I'll try to corner someone!

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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



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