“We’ve always intended to have combat in Landmark. We weren’t announcing it because we weren’t certain whether we could get it in right away…"
“Landmark will have a wide range of combat experiences, and it’s going to use the same emergent AI system found in EverQuest Next – but possibly not in the exact same way. As far as actual combat AI goes, it will be the same model.”
“As far as you actually play in the game in combat, we want to embrace a bunch of different gameplay styles. If you want to be able to be ranged, you’ll be able to. Spells and melee, you’ll be able to..."
“People that want to be able to build without monsters will be able to do that, and people that do want risk will be able to play with risk and get greater associated rewards.”
“This is just the beginning. Imagine what will happen when we add PvP to EverQuest Next Landmark.”
He does have a way with words, that Smokejumper, doesn't he though? Anyway, so, let me see if I have this straight. We currently have two combat-oriented, high-fantasy MMOs running under the Everquest franchise. We've known for a while that we were getting a third sometime in the next year or two. Then out of the blue at SOE Live we learned that we'd also be getting something called EQLandmark, which looked to be a trimmed-down version of the toolset currently in use to build EQNext, more an amuse-bouche before the banquet than a meal in itself.
|Who the hell are you and what did you do with my master?|
That toolset has now mutated into something that looks less like Second Life : Norrath or Minecraft: The Everquest Edition and more like yet another combat-oriented, high-fantasy MMO with all the trimmings and then some. Which will give us, in not so very long from now, four full-feature MMOs running simultaneously under the Everquest franchise.
Is this wise? Is it, in fact, even sane?
Maybe it is. I was going to get Landmark anyway and I can't say this has made me any less interested. If anything, more. Maybe they do know what they're... no, I can't even finish that sentence with a straight face.
In other Everquest news, Heroic Characters are here and we got 'em. As Wilhelm can attest, the marketing and PR departments haven't had their finest hour with this one but Mrs Bhagpuss and I made our HCs and they work. We also pre-ordered the upcoming Tears of Veeshan expansion, a real bargain since it comes bundled with the previous expansion, Chains of Eternity, which we hadn't yet bought, what with playing GW2 all year.
SOE are also being unusually generous with a 33% off deal on ToV for All Access customers, meaning that buying the package for our two AA accounts and our two main Silver accounts came out at less than $20 per expansion, or less in total than we'll be spending for a couple of nights in a cheap hotel on our upcoming holiday. For something that will provide hundreds of hours of entertainment, that's a pretty good deal.
And if that's not enough, by pre-ordering we get access to the earlier expansion right away. Just don't ask what happens if we play all the way through it by November and then cancel the pre-order...
Now I'm off to try and make sense of all those new AAs.