EverQuest Next announced
One of the original MMORPGs is set to make the leap to next gen, as EverQuest Next is revealed...
Sony's EverQuest is one of the longest running MMOs around, pre-dating the likes of World of Warcraft and Guild Wars by five or six years. It's showing signs of age now, but still continues as a free to play title, and can be grabbed from Steam, but a new incarnation is on the way, and Sony is going to attempt to revitalise the genre.
EverQuest Next will be free-to-play and utilise a new, next gen voxel-powered engine. The game will also eliminate some of the usual tropes associated with MMORPGs. For instance, there will be no levelling system as seen in most similar titles. Instead, players will increase their various skills and abilities. These skills can also me mixed between all character classes, meaning the scope for unique avatars will be far more prevalent than in traditional MMOs.
The game's AI will also take a new direction for the genre, and it'll be able to remember what you've done in the past, so it can act accordingly, thus making your reputation a more important element.
Destructible environments will also be featured, and Sony wishes to really hit home the fact that its the player that controls the world. Battles will not only have consequences for character health, but the very world itself can be altered. Walls and buildings can be destroyed and trees can be flattened, changing the landscape permanently. You can see some of these effects in the below gameplay trailer.
EverQuest Next isn't due out for some time, and has no date at the moment, but there is a taster coming out by the end of the year. This will be in the form of EverQuest Next Landmark. This will be another free-to-play title that's going to let players build their own structures within the world using a complex and powerful set of tools.
This user-created world will feature MMO play, and the destructible environments of EverQuest Next. The best user-created content may even be included in EverQuest Next itself.
EverQuest Next Landmark is expected by the end of the year, with an alpha due soon.
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