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EverQuest Next Could Be PS4's Most Ambitious Game

Posted by Sammy Barker

Finally confirmed for Sony's console

The last time Sony Online Entertainment mentioned a console port of ambitious series reboot EverQuest Next, the developer suggested that it was focused on creating a “kickass” game for computers first – but that stance has since changed. Speaking as part of a Reddit question and answer session overnight, company president John Smedley confirmed that the title will be joining its fellow online escapades DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2 on the PlayStation 4.

This news is hardly surprising, as the multiplayer focused firm has enjoyed a lot of success on Sony’s living room systems so far. However, it’s a reveal that you should be excited about, as the game is shaping up to be something special. For those that missed the announcement last August, the intrepid organisation has promised to completely re-invigorate the MMO market, with emergent enemy intelligence, destructible environments, and much more.

Even more impressive is that the title will be tied to a Minecraft-esque toolbox named EverQuest Next Landmark, where you’ll be able to build items and architecture that could eventually appear in the full game. And, according to the studio, it all plays perfectly with a controller in hand. “When we decided to minimise the number of buttons that you can use to just one hotbar,” explained franchise director Dave Georgeson last year, “it almost accidentally becomes controller friendly.” Convenient.

The PC release doesn’t have a hard deploy date attached to it yet, but is due out at some point this year. Realistically, considering the sheer scale of SOE’s ambition here, we wouldn’t expect the PS4 port to follow until 2015. Still, it’s great that the outfit’s finally confirmed that the title’s coming to Sony’s next generation system. Are you eager to give this a go, or does the massively multiplayer genre just not appeal to you? Build us up in the comments section below.

[via reddit.com, dualshockers.com]

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User Comments (12)

NathanUC

#2

NathanUC said:

I love that more mmo's are deciding to take a closer look at gamepad controls. Final Fantasy XIV went above and beyond with their gamepad support. So much that I can't imagine playing that with a keyboard and mouse anymore.

BornOfEvil

#3

BornOfEvil said:

I can't wait to get my handed on this, I haven't played a MMO in years and EQN is looking fantastic.

I'm also hoping Namco ports Tekken Revolution to the PS4, there aren't enough fighting games on it and Tekken Revolution could help fill the void until the next Tekken game.

Scollurio

#4

Scollurio said:

Ive been an EverQuest (classic, back in 1999) fan of the first hour. No other MMO (and I played plenty) came ever close to this. I have really high hopes for this game and can't wait to play it. I just hope that the "multi classing" and new combat system doesn't ruin what made the classic so outstanding: dependence on each other and resulting team play!

KAPADO

#6

KAPADO said:

Is this what grandpa referred to as Ever Crack back when he was a young lad?

Tasuki

#8

Tasuki said:

That's great news for the MMO world but honestly I can't see playing an MMO without a keyboard and my trusty Razer Naga mouse. I probably wont be checking it out since I play WoW on a regular basis and I only have time in my life for one MMO. But still great news for Everquest fans and MMO fans alike.

Scollurio

#9

Scollurio said:

@Tasuki I figure since it will be f2p you can easily check it out and see if its your kind of thing. I do agree that there is only time for one MMO in my life as well, played WoW also for quite a while, but Im always open for new things! ;)

Tasuki

#11

Tasuki said:

@Scollurio: Yeah even to its f2p I wont be checking it out. If I do I am sure that I would get hooked and that is not a good thing. ;)

SimonAdebisi

#12

SimonAdebisi said:

I never really got into PC gaming really, just championship manager. More games like this would definitely interest me on the ps4. I'm hoping that there is at least a small chance they'll do something similar with fallout 4/online.

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