EverQuest Next – What We Know So Far

English: The headquarters of Sony Online Enter...

The headquarters of Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego. Photographed by user Coolcaesar on February 17, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EverQuest was one of the first MMORPG games ever developed, and while it hasn’t dominated the MMO scene in the past few years, developers plan to release the fourth installment of the series that may bring quite a bit of attention to the game. Although the EverQuest Next beta hasn’t even been opened up yet, making this title unavailable for a long time, there are plenty of rumors surrounding the game which we can explore.

E3 Revelations

EverQuest Next was only revealed to a very select few amount of attendees at the E3 conference this year, and it still managed to pull in a lot of attention. SOE allowed outside gamers to view the new upcoming title through their TwitchTv livestream, which displayed the unveiling. Not a whole lot was given away at this time. However, there were hints that the game might be available on the PlayStation 4, branching off of just being a PC game and going into the console world.

The World

Developers decided on taking a unique route when designing the world that EverQuest Next will take place in. With other titles, they have created a whole new map for the story to take place in. Instead, developers plan on having the game take place in a “parallel world” very similar to the last title, but changes will be made in the lore and characters. They are going to try and intertwine all of the worlds into this one map, making it the general area that all the stories mix up into. Of course, it won’t be the exact same map that players are used to, that would be boring. However, you can expect to have a lot of similarities with slight differences that mix up the different worlds.

Sony Online Entertainment‘s Big Changes

SOE has made some big changes with this game. First of all, they aren’t going to be using the same gaming engine as before, as they will be moving to something that is more efficient. Sony recently developed ForgeLight, which is their most upgraded gaming engine, which they will be hosting EverQuest Next on. This gaming engine was used for the game “PlanetSide 2,” so you may have already saw it in action if you played this title.

EverQuest Next is also going to be a free to play game. Sony plans to make money off of micro-transactions that are completely optional to the player, so you only have to spend money if you want additional items or small features.

What’s Next for EverQuest Next?

EverQuest Next wasn’t officially released to the public yet, as they kept it pretty vague at E3. However, they plan on doing the official EverQuest Next reveal on SOE Live, which will take place on August 2nd. This will be the date that EverQuest Next fans can look forward to if they want to learn more about the upcoming title. Don’t expect a EQNext launch date quite yet, but you should be able to look forward about getting into the EverQuest Next beta.

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