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I imagine everything hinges on how badly they need money. If Planetside 2 is falling short of their revenue expectations, the pressure on the EQN franchise will grow rapidly.
EQN:L will come with a Cash Shop.
I'm really, really intrigued to see how SOE are going to monetize this launched-as-F2P AAA title. The develop cost must have been substantial, given that they started over twice. How in hell are they going to recoup that money by selling "optional" items to players ?
Originally posted by SpottyGekko I imagine everything hinges on how badly they need money. If Planetside 2 is falling short of their revenue expectations, the pressure on the EQN franchise will grow rapidly. EQN:L will come with a Cash Shop. I'm really, really intrigued to see how SOE are going to monetize this launched-as-F2P AAA title. The develop cost must have been substantial, given that they started over twice. How in hell are they going to recoup that money by selling "optional" items to players ?
I imagine land size increase for landmark (maximum allowed claim size not an extension of the current claim), and decoration....possibly race changes down the road when they allow more than just humans in landmark. That may not sound like a lot but it has been used as a model in other games.
I expect it will be out before Thanksgiving, but after Halloween. I'm leaning towards 11/13 since quite a few AAA titles tend to release before Thanksgiving, or slightly before Christmas.
Raquelis in various gamesPlayed: EverythingPlaying: League of Legends, EQ1 (Ragefire Lockjaw), Dark Souls III, HearthstoneWants: The WorldAnticipating: Everquest Next Crowfall, Pantheon
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I have two dates
ether Christmas, its f2p so its a Christmas gift for all.
or 31.12.13/01.01.14 the change of years as symbol for the change in the MMO genre they want to achieve
Don't forget 2013 ends 10-days after the first day of winter.
So if I was a betting man.....
"Be water my friend" - Bruce Lee
Actually I think financially it would be best to launch it as soon as possible, as the MMO gamers in the western world are pretty much in a void right now, when new games are concerned. Yes there is FFXIV, but it's not "new" in the full sense of the words and it's also much of the same old, which a lot of us are bored to tears with already.
The further we go the closer we come towards TESO, Wildstar and possibly ArcheAge and those games will already be fighting of the limited amount of paying MMO customers out there. Especially when at least the two first of them are confirmed to be sub based. A sub based game practically "forces" you to play it exclusively, as otherwise you will be "wasting" money.
Originally posted by Rockniss If it doesnt launch on the same day as blizzcon opens its fail.
With "Titan" being scrapped/redone, I disagree. SOE has a leg up on Blizzard because they changed directions a while ago. Blizzard just recently took that route.
Smed actually said "You will have something to play with winter THIS year". This year in my book ends december 31st 2013, so launch somewhere before that. But then again I wouldn't be surprised if he thinks he can get away with calling the extent of the winter in 2014, as being the winter of 2013, since that's when that winter started.
Oh and sidefact: meteorological winter starts december 1st and lasts to march 1st.
They said Winter. And they commited themself already to much. They already mentioned that they will release EQNL with not all features ready(maybe), like combat, like pvp, or like some unannounced features.
So i picked winter.(before march 20th) I doubt it will release within 2013.. Januar or February are much more realistic. By the way usually 3 month before release you announce the exact release day. (although it is mostly for games with box sales, which is not the case for EQNL.. so it may differ)
actually it would be good if they don't announce a date at all until its launched. With that they could avoid the day 1 problems all MMOs have.
normally a date is set and then hundreds of thousands of player want to log in all at the same time. servers can't keep up. Last example of that was the FF14:ARR relaunch.
But if they make a silent launch, the people will part by part enter the servers. The dedicated who look day after day for them will be rewarded with "earlier access" instead of the people who take free days for the launch to get as far ahead then the others, only to drop after they reached the "endgame" after two weeks (i know,there is no endgame in sandboxes).
Because if there is one man we can trust in it's the Smed...
The fact they've gone out of the way to go on record more than once saying "this year" means they obviously want to release it this year. Doesn't guarantee it'll happen of course, but I'm sure that's the plan.
Still almost 3 months left in the year so I can see it. If nothing else they'll launch it as a pretty barebones builder with some gathering to start, then be adding more of the other features as time goes on.
Sometime in December. There is a complete lack of quality MMORPG on the horizon so they have some motivation to get it out. I assume that the structure for the game is finished and in use for building EQ:N already. Since it is free it doesn't have to be feature complete or anything.