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EverQuest Next – Landmark characters can be imported to core game

Wednesday, 21st August 2013 23:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Characters created for world-builder EverQuest Next – Landmark can be imported into MMORPG EverQuest Next when it launches further down the track.

Thew news comes from director of development Dave Georgeson, speaking in a gamescom livestream, as reported by EQHammer.

Players begin by customising a character, including selecting a class; Georgeson said this should allow users to familiarise themselves with the class they’ve chosen in preparation for multi-classing in EverQuest Next. As the MMORPG has more than 40 classes, that’s probably a wise move.

Play begins in a “landmark” location – a central hub which is easily recognisable thanks to a monument. Landmarks should become social hubs, and players can travel between them using wizard’s spires. A ley line network will also allow for point-to-point travel.

There will be five to six environments to explore, and mounts will be available, as well as the parkour-like “heroic movement”. Once out in the wilderness, players can select a spot to build in, planting one or more claims and linking them together somehow. You can build co-operatively by changing the permissions on your claim, and even terraform the landscape around it. Players will then gather resources which can be sold at open-air markets, or crafting using resources and tools. Tool quality will affect item quality, but better tools can be crafted, too. Really interesting structures have a chance of being selected for inclusion in EverQuest Next.

Landmark is a true MMO, Georegeson said, not just an exploration game. As such, it’ll have tiered content, a friends list, guilds, text and VoIP chat, SOEMote, leaderboards on which players can vote for structures, and a video tool for recording your construction in time lapse.

It will fully support SOE’s Player Studio, including an achievement system, filters, a follow system, the ability to sell your claim as real estate, and more still to be announced.

EverQuest Next and the free-to-play Landmark have not been dated, but Sony Online Entertainment is taking beta applications.

Thanks, TenTonHammer.

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1 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Might be worth clarifying that both are free to play.

    It’s that, that’s it’s sans levels, and the technologies involved are why I’m so interested in this. It’s really like nothing that’s come before. It’s brave and gutsy, and more what you’d expect from a small indie rather than a big studio.

    Interesting.

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