Today I’m going to catch up on a lot of random things I haven’t commented on throughout the week.
EverQuest Next Landmark
SOE is having their huge Year of EverQuest kickoff event in San Diego. Smedley just tweeted that Trailblazers should stay tuned for the next five hours. Whether that’s more cryptic hype or legit I really have no clue. I’m going to pretend it means that when I get home from work today I’ll have an awesome game to play. By the way, if you are a Trailblazer and want to join the best gaming community out there you needn’t look further than right here!
A bunch of us have huuuuuuge (read: gigantinormous) plans for Landmark. I’m excited to jump in and blow up their feedback system with all of my opinions. When the NDA drops, I’ll give you all the unfiltered details.
I played briefly last night because a bunch of people in the KG Community are playing. I logged in to my 52 Sarnak SK and 32 Ratonga Brigand and immediately remembered why EQ2 is still one of the best MMOs out there. The world is awesome, the races are awesome, the classes are diverse, and there’s so much substance (always has been) to everything. I was totally lost by the 4 hotbars full of abilities, though. I don’t think I’ll devote much time to EQ2, but it’s nice to see it still thriving — lots of people were online running around and chatting.
ESO & WildStar
Random thought for the day about these titles: I think they are being overshadowed by indie games and other companies giving the players more of a voice. My excitement is dwindling. I have more to say on both but I’ll save it for full posts.
Cross-Promotion between Pantheon and Shroud of the Avatar
I thought it was interesting to read in a press release that McQuaid and Garriott are giving cloaks in each other’s games for people who back both games. I think both the relationship between the two devs and the idea of linking two unrelated MMOs was something worth mulling over.
Mythic makes mobile games…
The studio once responsible for Dark Age of Camelot now makes F2P time-waster games. Dungeon Keeper sounds good on paper. A F2P game about carving a dungeon out of rock, building traps, and defending it against other players is pretty cool sounding. Look deeper and it’s full of pay-to-win and screams money-grab. I guess that’s Mythic: 2, Beloved IPs: 0.
I’ll add more in the comments as I try and make it through the day.