Quote of the Day

EverQuest Next was a black box project for years – and it was only last month that Smedley and the team showed it to the EverQuest and EverQuest 2 teams. Smedley says he was so nervous the night before the presentation that he couldn’t sleep – but that both teams received it enthusiastically.

Players will have to wait a bit longer to try it themselves, but maybe not as long as you’d expect. ‘Players will get their hands on an actual release version of what we’re doing late [this] year – and I don’t mean a beta,’ says Smedley.”

~ SOE President John Smedley on Gamasutra

5 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. Killington January 25, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    I am extremely excited to see that EQ Next is progressing. EQ1 is and will always be my favorite MMO. I can’t wait for my friends that haven’t gotten to experience EQ to see how great it can be. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they can deliver an awesome game that lives up to everyone’s expectations.

  2. Jason January 25, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    I am cautiously optimistic. I like the idea of a fantasy sandbox, which I always felt EQ1 did well if you weren’t focused on levels and loot/grinding and gear. I enjoyed wandering the world and finding all the little local color quests of the various NPCs that netted little more than faction, a touch of exp and a few paltry coins. Couple that with Smeds previous quotes about future games launching with a free-to-play model out of the gate and I know I will, at least, give it a try.

  3. UnSubject January 26, 2013 / 6:37 am

    Is there an SOE project that Smedley isn’t excited about and willing to talk up? 😉

    Also, I read “late this year” as “oops, Q1 2014 it is then”.

  4. Machination January 27, 2013 / 6:49 pm

    He means alpha 🙂

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