Sony Online Entertainment has announced EverQuest Next - Landmark which is set to be released later this year before EverQuest Next releases.
According to how RPS described it, Landmark is a "construction and exploration game" similar to Minecraft, and contains the entire toolset used to build worlds and assets for Everquest Next.
It will come will all sorts of design tools, but players will still need to gather resources through the various continents and land masses in the game.
Once a player stars exploring, they will be given a flag in which to stake a claim in the landscape, and other players can visit said lands.
All creations can be submitted to the Player Studio, and then downloaded by other players who will actually pay you money for them.
A payment is received every time there is a sale and they will also get royalties should another player borrow a feature created.
Even better, the best creations "could be picked for inclusion" in EverQuest Next at launch.
Here's more from the press release:
Create Amazing Things:
Build highly detailed structures with powerful and intuitive tools
Quickly design complex projects or collaborate with friends to undertake massive shared builds.
Lay claim to and control specific areas of huge persistent worlds.
Share Your Imagination with Friends
Landmark's persistent servers will enable players to interact with and experience the collective imagination of thousands of players in a unique shared world.
Players will have compelling reasons to explore and interact with others. They will congregate at crafting hubs, build design templates to share and trade, and journey across the world to collect the resources required to build and craft.
Build EQN with SOE -- Using the Same Tools
Landmark players will gain increasing access to many of the same tools that SOE is using to construct the game world of EQN.
Not only will Landmark give players access to these world building tools, SOE will provide specific guidance on what we want help building.
Through this collaborative approach, EQN may eventually represent the largest overall collaborative development effort in the history of online games. For anyone who has ever thought about becoming a game developer, here is your chance. Together we will build extraordinary things
EverQuest Next - Landmark ships this winter as a free-to-play.