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Alpha Builders: 10 incredible creations in EverQuest Next Landmark

Alpha Builders: 10 incredible creations in EverQuest Next Landmark

We've had our first long look at the upcoming massive multiplayer game EverQuest Next: Landmark this month, now it's time to get up close and personal with some of the finest creations conjured up by those trailblazing first users already in the Alpha. While it's still relatively tedious to find these buildings in the game - there's one massive amount of land to traverse in this universe already - players have been more than willing to share their work with the Twitter universe and through the likes of Twitch. What you're seeing here are some of the best of the best that we've seen so far.

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EverQuest Next Landmark drops Alpha gag-order for gamers

EverQuest Next Landmark drops Alpha gag-order for gamers

The non-disclosure agreement alpha players of EverQuest Next Landmark were to be held to, preventing details of the freshly-launched but unfinished MMO from reaching the public, has been prematurely lifted, Sony Online Entertainment has announced. Alpha players, who paid $59.99 or more to gain access to Landmark - which we went behind the scenes with last week - which still in mid-development, were to be subject to an NDA keeping the progress of the world-building game secret, but SOE has since changed its mind, the company told SlashGear.

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EverQuest testing smartphone gaming for cross-platform guilds

EverQuest testing smartphone gaming for cross-platform guilds

Mobile gaming is a contentious topic right now, variously accused of being the future of play, a passing fad, or the insidious villain undermining and devaluing traditional consoles and the developers that create for them. The next to potentially embrace the smartphone might surprise you, however: Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest, a stalwart of the MMO scene - not one normally associated with another other than hardcore gaming PCs - but one about to shake up the industry by throwing open its latest alpha to the public. SlashGear caught up with EverQuest Next senior producer Terry Michaels to find out why your next guild might include Androids and iPhones.

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EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

Later today, Sony Online Entertainment does something the developer of titles like EverQuest, PlanetSide, and DC Universe Online has never done before: it invites gamers into alpha code that's far, far from being shipping-ready. EverQuest Next Landmark is the first step of a two-punch release that will launch SOE's next-gen MMO, fifteen years after EverQuest hit shelves, and a decade after EverQuest 2.

Unlike all previous versions, however, Landmark will be seen by public eyes well before its signed-off as market ready. "This is not a bug-hunt" Dave Georgeson, director of development laughs, "it's a 20,000 person dev team." We joined the developers to get some early hands-on time with the alpha and to find out exactly what players can expect from this new universe.

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EverQuest’s Terry Michaels talks gaming’s Craigslist: The SlashGear Interview

EverQuest’s Terry Michaels talks gaming’s Craigslist: The SlashGear Interview

"Up until this game we have always tried to make a game that we thought people would like" Terry Michaels, senior producer for EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark admits, grinning. "We were guessing." That's not an accusation you could level at Sony Online Entertainment's next-generation titles in the EverQuest franchise, which takes the unprecedented step of inviting players in when Landmark is quite literally half-baked. SlashGear sat down with Michaels at the cusp of EQN Landmark alpha opening to talk crowdsourcing, the game as the new Craigslist, and how to manage ideas and expectations when your dev-team suddenly swells by 20,000.

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