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With EverQuest Next Landmark, SOE goes all-in on user-gen content
Sony Online Entertainment pulled the veil back on the previously-announced MMO EverQuest Next, and also made a surprise game announcement.
We've known for years that Sony Online Entertainment is working on the MMORPG EverQuest Next. But until today, the company was keeping a lid on a promising new EverQuest game that relies heavily on user-generated content. EverQuest Next Landmark is a free-to-play world-building MMO slated to arrive this winter, and will incorporate many of the same world-building tools used by developers to make EverQuest Next, effectively putting those tools in the hands of players. More than a toolset, creation happens within an online, persistent world in Landmark, a format clearly inspired by Minecraft. But the game goes further, as player content can be considered for addition to EverQuest Next proper. At a livestreamed fan event in Las Vegas, EverQuest development director Dave Georgeson said the upcoming EverQuest games will incorporate the Player Studio user-generated content model that's already in use for current EverQuest games. Under the program, players can create items, put them on a digital store, and collect royalties off of sales. It's a model that SOE president John Smedley has previously said SOE overall is moving toward.