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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



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



Seven more of the toughest games to run on PC photo
Seven more of the toughest games to run on PC
by Brett Makedonski

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 comments that were notably demanding. 

It's only right to give these games their proper due for being so damn difficult to run. I mean, if we don't preserve their legacy, people might eventually forget that these were all total pains in the ass.

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5:00 PM on 08.16.2012

EverQuest gets fashion conscious

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 -- ...

Fraser Brown

2:30 PM on 04.18.2012

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

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...

Dale North

8:00 PM on 03.26.2012

Sony Online Entertainment announces SOE Live event

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 PM on 03.13.2012

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

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 ...

Derek Hryniewicz

8:30 PM on 02.06.2012

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

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...

Fraser Brown

11:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Everquest is thirteen and free

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...

Fraser Brown

11:00 PM on 01.11.2012

Soar awkwardly in Everquest II

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...

Fraser Brown

7:00 PM on 11.10.2011

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

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...

Jason Cabral