Interview with an EQN Guild Part 3: Brute Force Miners

Guild_3 picThis is the third in a series of guild interviews, in which the two previous ones we had was from The Dragons Guild and Pax Gaming. This time, we bring you Styke from Brute Force Miners, a fairly small but ever growing guild on EverQuest Next. Find out what they have to say about EQN’s slight deviation from the franchise.

Q1: Greetings! Could you please tell me more about your guild? How many games have you played so far, and what is the current number of your guild members?

Sure. As of right now, we play EQ Landmark. And drolling over EQ Next. As far as amount of members, we are at 35. Still small compared to a lot of guilds in EQ Landmark, but we are growing at a good pace.

Q2: EQN hasn’t been released yet, so what is the reason why you start to recruit guild member this early?

To build up a strong foundation to march right into EQ next so we, as a guild, has friends to play with and enjoy EQ Next together.

Q3: We all know that SOE has been sold off and has now become Daybreak Game Company. What do you think about the developer of EQ series being laid off? Will this affect the game?

SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) was sold off to an investment firm and now is called Daybreak Games. As for will this affect the games, I asked my guild, and all of them said it is way too soon to tell.

Q4: Many of your guild members are fans of the EQ series, do you want EQN to maintain their old style or you want it to be totally different from the franchise?

Well, most in Brute Force Miners kinda miss the old style of EQ, with the element of danger lurking around every corner, and tab targeting. But [what] we all want, not just my guild member, [but] the entire Landmark community would like to see something different, but still have the feeling of old EQ.

Q5: What is the main highlight of EQN in your opinion?

This is an easy one – the AI.

Q6: As what the Devs have said, they will be using Landmark field experiment for EQN. What do you say about this?

Well, EQ Landmark has been out for a little over a year now and it has been a roller coaster of emotions and surprises. As in EQ Landmark, now is not the same game as when players like myself participated in Alpha.

Q7: Are you interested in Landmark? (Or if any of your guild members are playing Landmark, please give us a reason.)

I asked all of my members and all of them said EQ Landmark is a game of if-you-can-think-it-you-can-build-it.

Q8: Do you want to see LM’s features appear in EQN?

This is a tricky question as there is a lot of features that we all like and some things we don’t like. I can only say this for myself and that would be yes.

Q9: Let’s talk about the content we know so far, what class will you personally pick for your first character and why?

Half elf ranged. As I like to do ranged DPS, as I stink at most of the other classes.

Q10: Do you want to see each race to have their own racial abilities? (If yes) will it destroy the balance?

Yes, we all know that every MMORPG out there has [their] own brand of racial abilities. As far as balance, I think everyone at Daybreak Games making EQ Next will try to balance most of them. Well, I hope. (laugh out loud)

Q11: Any race from the EQ franchise you want to exist in EQN?

No, they said they are bringing most to all of the races into EQ Next.

Q12: As the Dev has said that there will be no levels in this game, what do you think about that?

It’s a great idea but very tricky to get it right. As in, do they exchange levels for gear, abilities or something totally new. It will be exciting to see.

Q13: How about PvP in EQNext? Many MMO players are not happy with it if we agree to combat in Landmark.

Well, from what we in the guild has seen, PVP had a huge surge when they added it into EQ Landmark. But it has died down until they can balance it out for EQ Next.

Q14: It could be long before we see the game going live, what do you expect from this long wait?

A better EQ Landmark and better tools to test for EQ Landmark.

Q15: If EQN will not launch the Beta this year, would you still stick with Landmark?

Absolutely.

Q16: Finally, thank you for allowing us time to chat with you, but it’s now time for recruitment! Let the people know about your guild. How can they contact you? Or how can they apply if they’re interested?

Well there [are] a few ways to join our ranks in Brute Force Miners. You can drop us a line on the website: http://bruteforceminers.enjin.com/. Or [you can reach me] in game: Styke, or you can tweet to us: https://twitter.com/Styke101. And All Fear Brute Force Miners!

So there you have it from Brute Force Miners! The Devs of EQN would do well to take note that followers of the EQ series have a sense of sentimentality and a spirit for exploration too!
Please stay tuned for the next guild that we will be interviewing soon.

Summary of EverQuest Next News on Feb 2015

There are a lot of surprising news in SOE this month, all pertaining to separations or breaking away. Read on.

SOE headquarters

Sony Sells Off Sony Online Entertainment, Renames it Daybreak Game Company February 2, 2015 – SOE has announced today that Sony has sold the developer of EverQuest, PlanetSide, DC Universe Online and the recently released H1Z1 to investment firm Columbus Nova. The developer, Sony Online Entertainment, will now operate under a new name, Daybreak Game Company, as an independent game studio.

The studio will continue to develop game projects started by SOE such as EverQuest Landmark, EverQuest Next and H1Z1. It will also develop titles for Xbox and mobile platforms, in addition to PlayStation and PC, now that it has become independent of Sony.

According to John Smedley, president of Daybreak Game Company, “We are excited to join Columbus Nova’s impressive roster of companies. They have a proven track record in similar and related industries and we are eager to move forward to see how we can push the boundaries of online gaming. We will continue to focus on delivering exceptional games to players around the world, as well as bringing our portfolio to new platforms, fully embracing the multi-platform world in which we all live.”

“Our games and players are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are committed to maintaining our portfolio of online games and pushing the limits of where we can take online gaming together.” the developer said in a post on Reddit.

John Smedley also said on Twitter that, “Can’t wait to make Xbox games.” Where he also later offered assurance to fans that, “All of our games are still here and will continue to be.”

David Georgeson

David Georgeson and Others Laid Off at Daybreak Game Company Today February 11, 2015 – David Georgeson, the man who has served as the face of EverQuest for so many years, is only one among many who is being laid off at Daybreak studio today.

There is no knowing how many people will be let go, since as of press time, staffs are still being informed who will remain employed and who will be not.

Daybreak Game Company, previously known as Sony Online Entertainment for almost two decades, is an independent gaming company and which has changed its name and ownership last week after Sony sold it to Columbus Nova, a management firm based in New York.

A statement from PR representatives at Daybreak says, “As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.”

Summary of Important News in EQNext on Sep 2014

The most captivating stories on EQNext this past September include talk about AI system and life consequences and the untimely resignation of Sony Online Entertainment International Brand Manager.

omeed-darianiSony Online Entertainment International Brand Manager Resigns September 14, 2014 – Omeed Dariani, the SOE International Brand Manager has resigned from his senior position at the company. Dariani wrote about this decision to resign on the social media; he cited philosophical differences with the EverQuest Landmark development team as the main reason behind his sudden decision. Dariani revealed that the management hierarchy failed to buy his idea of advancing the “community first” approach in building the EverQuest Next and Landmark brands. Despite the sad resignation, Dariani said that he has tremendous respect for the company and his former colleagues at SOE.

Talk about AI system and life consequences by EQ-Next developers September 30, 2014 – EverQuest Next has become one of the most highly awaited MMORPG online games. When released, the game will operate usingthe superb Forgelight gaming engine; this gaming platform comes with a set
of powerful lighting effects. The other notable features of this upcoming game include sandbox style MMO, Destructible environment and the Emergent Gameplay feature, alongside other potent new capabilities. EverQuest Next developers recently released a YouTube video making a case for life of consequences and AI system. The 30-minute long video discusses how Individual NPC’s have been designed to act differently and unconventionally. The other critical change in the gaming setup will be the fact that events around the world will be happening in a dynamic fashion; this is partially because hubs will be eliminated this time around.

The game is designed along the lines of SOE’s “Planetside 2”; the game will feature a world that is split into different territories. Events in the land will be influenced by the decisions and actions of the participating players. Another reason to look forward to, regarding the
upcoming release, is the effects of the trickle effects. This is because current actions have been designed to affect future or other events. In essence, monumental events such as the demolition of the world or the death of a King, will all tied to the actions of the players. Players can also come out and help warring factions like Dark Elves, conquer the territories under the control of the Driads, in spite of the expected repercussions. The creators of EverQuest Next have also intimated that they want to get out of the usual boring routine of having the same kind of actions repeated.

eqnext life of consequence

According to Steve Danuser, the Lead Content Designer of the new program, gamers will no longer walk-up into an area to watch a group of NPCs standing around with question marks not knowing what their next assignment entails. The players will instead be led to areas where action events are taking place, all throughout the land of Norath. Gamers will also have the opportunity to influence the games in their own unique and different ways. In addition, the NPCs will work and lead virtual lives by following through the ambitions assigned to them by the developers. Case in point; depending on the actions of the player, an incursion into the Serpentspine Mountains by the Koboib could trigger an awakening of destructive evil forces. Perhaps one of the most outstanding features of the upcoming game is the ability to build and destroy things.

Lead honchos at SOE expect overwhelming response from players, in regards to the changes the development team has effected on EverQuest Next genre. Some of these changes are evident in the Landmark project; players should expect a different MMO with a different backstory. For example, the power bestowed on the player makes it incredibly fascinating to watch the conquest and demise of an enemy combatant. The design team behind the new release will also alter the manner in which players interact with non-player characters. SOE hopes to make EverQuest Next a free-to-play game once it is released; this means that buyers won’t be prompted to pay subscription fee during the initial run of the game. Despite the ever growing hype, the much awaited release date for EverQuest Next PC and PS4 editions is yet to be announced.

Summary of EQNext News in Oct 2014

There hasn’t been much activity in the EQNext world this month except for one big announcement. Recently, SOE released a new and updated version of Player Direct. Player Direct is a way for video creators to share their work with SOE and the community. SOE is looking for players who can provide videos, images, meme, articles, streams and webcasts. More can be found on the SOE website.

A new EverQuest Next story was released, “The Razor’s Edge” in which we see through the eyes of Tork who is a young ogre on his first patrol in the Feerrott. The story is set during an interesting moment of the ogre history. In order to remove the Dal influence from their cities, the ogres march on the city of Quin’Sari.

That being said, Dave Georgeson at SOE Live talked about progress and he estimated everything to be about 60% done. Most of which includes the core systems being put in place, tested, etc, in Landmark. This includes chat, guild, terrain, caves, water, movement, the basics of combat, and so much more in small things.

Military Games hosted a TeamSpeak channel SOE Play It Forward – Extra Life even on October 18, 2014 and it ran until October 26. Military Gamers has over 2,300 members who are enlisted in the United States Army and they now span over 15 games! Similarly, they made an effort to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network charity via Extra Life’s 24-hour gaming marathon.

As for the further development of EQNext, a number of people are speculating for a closed beta early next year. If you’re not paying attention to Landmark, then you’re missing more information than you think. Landmark is set to have mobs and AI in December, and the dev tools for players to tweak the AI and set it up on their claims will follow shortly after. Combat has been implemented, and is constantly being revised and expanded.

After AI, there’s very little that needs to be implemented in Landmark before it’s ready for open beta. After the 60% completion point as was pointed out earlier, What will remain is content and quest building, and since at least part of that is offloaded to the players of Landmark, it’s conceivable that EQN will be ready for open beta-soft launch a year later.

But then again, it is just a speculation. Stay tuned for more information at EQNext’s website, https://www.everquestnext.com

EverQuest Next to be the Biggest Sandbox MMO Ever?

The next installment in the EverQuest franchise, accurately titled EverQuest Next, is reportedly the biggest sandbox MMO ever made. Attempting to clean the disappointing EverQuest II smudge from their record, which had nothing but linear gameplay, Sony Online Entertainment is making an epic open-ended world where you can choose to do what ever you want. That’s right, you are no longer required to grind your levels in the same boring old sewers that everyone else is fighting for creeps in. In fact, there aren’t even levels. You will be able to choose from 40 different classes. You will have the option to customize your character anyway you like with the variety of skills that you can mix and mash up.

EverQuest Next Image

EverQuest Next Image

EverQuest Next is offering gamer’s destruction on a large scale. The engine is not just massive, but its world is ever changing due to buildings and landscapes that are able to be destroyed. So, if you want to take that big, beautiful rolling plain with livestock grazing in it into a crater and a mushroom cloud, you will have the option! If destruction isn’t your thing, you can also use a program called EverQuest Landmark which will allow you to create objects and buildings within the game the same way the developers did the first time around.

The game is also boasting some heightened NPC intelligence, which I’m sure we have all seen hyped in games in the past and never quite meets expectations. We can only hope that the developers of EverQuest Next have taken that into consideration and have made what little grind there may be in this game a little more interesting than in its predecessors.

The developers at SOE are striving to make a game that changed the world the same way the first EverQuest did.