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Landmark adds Player Studio this month

Landmark adds Player Studio this month

Sony Online Entertainment announced today that Landmark (previously EverQuest Next Landmark) will soon support Player Studio, its crafting workshop and digital marketplace. The company plans to roll out the functionality by May 1. Coinciding with the rollout in Landmark, Player Studio will begin to open in selected regions outside of the US for foreign players to submit their own items.

Read more: Sony hopes "talented creators will turn this into a full-time career" »

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EverQuest Next Landmark is now just 'Landmark'

EverQuest Next Landmark is now just 'Landmark'

As promised, the EverQuest Next Landmark closed beta is now live. Sort of. Today, you'll be able to jump into Sony Online Entertainment's creation tool--but it'll be with a different name. EQN Landmark is now simply "Landmark."

Read more: Functionality remains the same »

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EverQuest Next confirmed for PS4 with social features

EverQuest Next confirmed for PS4 with social features

It was an inevitability, but Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that EverQuest Next will indeed be coming to PlayStation 4 in the future. EverQuest franchise director Dave Georgeson recently spoke about some of the features that this version of the MMORPG will contain, while also describing new voice chat integration that will be hitting EverQuest Next Landmark in the near future.

Watch: More coming in the Year of EverQuest »

"This is the last MMO I'm going to pay attention to for quite some time. MMOs have never been ..."
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EverQuest Next Landmark alpha launches today, and we've played it

EverQuest Next Landmark alpha launches today, and we've played it

EverQuest Next has been billed as Sony Online Entertainment's next-generation, fully destructible MMO, with EQN Landmark promising an in-game building experience unlike any other. To help usher in the Year of EverQuest, EQN Landmark's alpha will open its doors tonight to a number of devoted fans and creative minds. Shacknews was given the opportunity to try out the Landmark alpha and, while it has a number of technical issues, it shows a unique ambition with the potential to take MMORPGs to new heights.

Just as the early videos implied, Landmark's building tool proved user-friendly and easy to use. The bread and butter is in the add and delete tools, along with the selection tools. Players gather resources by picking away at just about anything in the world with their trusty pickaxe, gathering dirt, wood, metal, and other elements across different environments. In my time with the game, all players started off across a barren desert before branching out towards mountainous terrain and a vast forest region.

Read more: Simple-to-use tools »

"Is this coming to PS4 as well at some point? Or OS X? Please? :( "
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SOE tries to make 'the Year of EverQuest' a thing

SOE tries to make 'the Year of EverQuest' a thing

We begrudgingly allowed Nintendo The Year of Luigi but look, Sony Online Entertainment, you're not getting away with 'the Year of EverQuest.' As the MMORPG series approaches its, gosh, fifteenth birthday this year, and EverQuest Next Landmark looms on the horizon, the publisher is trying to get us into the spirit of things with a year "full of content and activities." We'll come to the party, SOE, but only if you drop that name.

Watch: A totally fetch trailer »

"If Sony and Nintendo joined, Sony could actually get to appear original, and Nintendo could sell ..."
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EverQuest Next Landmark video explains quick building and economy

EverQuest Next Landmark video explains quick building and economy

We've previously seen the fruits of hours' worth of labor in EverQuest Next, having witnessed entire landscapes morph before our eyes. But what if you don't have that much time to spend and want something a little quicker? A new EverQuest Next Landmark video shows off just how fast (and easy) adventurers can build their houses and towers, while also elaborating on the Player Studio-based economy previously hinted in an interview with Shacknews earlier this year.

Watch: Easy building in action »

"You have to claim land, so people probably can't just wreck your stuff."
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EverQuest Next Landmark founder's packs to enable early access

EverQuest Next Landmark founder's packs to enable early access

EverQuest Next's world builder EQ Next Landmark was due this winter. But apparently, SOE didn't necessarily mean it would be ready by year's end. Instead, it will be available beginning February 28, 2014 for fans that purchase a Founder's Pack.

Sony Online Entertainment plans on offering three variants of the Founder's Pack. The "Settler Pack" starts at $20, while the "Trailblazer Pack" goes for $100. To get early access into the game, you'll need to purchase at least the "Explore Pack," which goes for $60.

Read more: Why Early Access is 'kind of a big deal' »

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EverQuest Next Landmark dev diary shows tools of the trade

EverQuest Next Landmark dev diary shows tools of the trade

So far, we've glimpsed a taste of building in EverQuest Next Landmark. But a new video now shows off some of the tools of the trade and what players will require to create structures in the EverQuest Next world.

Watch: It begins with a copper pick »

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EverQuest Next Landmark beta sign-ups open

EverQuest Next Landmark beta sign-ups open

No one could have expected how ambitious EverQuest Next would be. Sony Online Entertainment's next MMO is a massive crowd-sourced fully-destructible persistent world that seems almost too good to be true. But before EQN can launch, SOE plans on releasing EverQuest Next Landmark, a tool that lets players create items for Sony Online's upcoming world.

If you want an early peek at what Landmark has to offer, it's time for a beta test. You want to join, right?

Read more: Sign up for the beta »

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EverQuest 2 'Heroic Characters' offer instant access to level 85

EverQuest 2 'Heroic Characters' offer instant access to level 85

Would you pay real money for instant access to a high-level character in an MMO? Sony Online Entertainment plans on adding that functionality to EverQuest 2 with "Heroic Characters."

For 3500 Station Cash (about $35), you can buy a new heroic character of upgrade existing characters to heroic status. Heroic characters automatically start at level 85 and include gear, food, drink, and ammo--making it easy for new and returning players to jump directly into high-level content.

Read more: 'You asked us for it!' »

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Player Studio will be 'backbone' of EverQuest Next's free-to-play economy

Player Studio will be 'backbone' of EverQuest Next's free-to-play economy

Sony Online Entertainment exclusively deals with free-to-play. That means both EverQuest Next and Landmark will be free-to-play when they launch.

While the company has had a good track record with free-to-play (for the most part), EverQuest Next affords SOE a unique opportunity to approach monetization in a whole new way. With player creation a huge focus for Landmark, SOE hopes that Player Studio--which lets players build, share, and sell in-game items--will end up being the "backbone" for the game's revenue.

Read more: 40 percent revenue for creators »

"It kind of makes sense. In older MMO's people have spent millions of hours crafting items to be ..."
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EverQuest Next to be playable on '4 or 5 year old' PCs

EverQuest Next to be playable on '4 or 5 year old' PCs

EverQuest Next uses a modified version of ForgeLight--the same engine that powers Planetside 2. Yet, in spite of its massive online worlds and voxel-based destruction, Sony Online Entertainment somehow plans on making the game far more accessible than their MMOFPS.

Saying the game is "absolutely more scalable than Planetside," EverQuest franchise director Dave Georgeson told Shacknews that the team is "shooting for much lower system specs."

Read more: Highest spec right now is bandwidth »

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EverQuest Next needs to be 'kickass on PC first,' before considering PS4 port

EverQuest Next needs to be 'kickass on PC first,' before considering PS4 port

EverQuest Next truly impressed when it was officially unveiled at SOE Live today. While it's currently planned for PC only, it seems inevitable that a PS4 port will be announced. It is developed by Sony, after all. And SOE's other ForgeLight-powered MMO, PlanetSide 2, is already coming to Sony's next-gen console.

"We need to make sure that it's a kickass game on PC before we do anything else," EverQuest franchise director Dave Georgeson told Shacknews. "We're going to nail down all our questions and design and everything like that so that it's a really good game. Then we'll talk about other platforms."

Read more: EQN already shaping up to be controller friendly »

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EverQuest Next: SOE's next-generation, fully destructible, persistent MMO

EverQuest Next: SOE's next-generation, fully destructible, persistent MMO

It's been three long years since Sony Online Entertainment announced EverQuest Next. From a behind-closed-doors presentation here at SOE Live 2013, it's clear why they called it Next and not, simply 3. It is an entirely different game from its predecessors--a project so ambitious that the term "reboot" doesn't seem sufficient enough.

Running on a "heavily modified" ForgeLight engine--the same engine that powers Planetside 2--it's an unquestionably impressive game from the moment you first lay eyes on it. But it's not pretty graphics that makes EverQuest Next so impressive. Instead, it's SOE's vision to make a world where everything is destructible, and every action is permanent and persistent.

Read more: Rallying calls: making player choice count »

"I got the same feeling looking at this that I got when I was looking at all the stuff teasing ..."
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EverQuest Next videos: see the new environments, watch the destruction

EverQuest Next videos: see the new environments, watch the destruction

Hopefully, you've read our preview of EverQuest Next, SOE's incredibly ambitious next-gen MMO. It's a stunning game, one you want to see in action. Here are a number of clips sent by Sony Online Entertainment, showing off the game's environments and impressive destruction.

Watch: Lots of videos »

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