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I have been reading, rather skimming, through the recent posts discussing the new information set on by SOE live within this forum. It really struck me odd how some users seemed to ask where all the information for EQN was. While disappointing that there was not as much direct information given for EQN as most of us would have liked, or hoped for (…or alpha), there was still a ton of information given throughout the weekend from EQN panels and, also, from another source; Landmark panels.
As Dave Georgeson said in the beginning of the EQN keynote that “We are building it, we are building it in front of you and we’ve been doing it the entire time.” You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU6LzCBPlCU ; starts around 09:30. Landmark is the backbone for EQN. Everything being developed for Landmark will be re-used or tweaked for EQN and visa-versa.
Note, they are not the same game, but they will be using similar assets. Landmark is a “Genre Agnostic MMO” that, so far, leans slightly towards a more creative building world while EQN is more in line to the MMORPGs that we are used to with its “themed” content. (I put “themed” in quotes, because EQN is a sandbox title as well.)
I implore y’all to watch all the videos that you can find for both EQN and Landmark, because there is some really interesting and fun things to think about for the future of both titles. In my opinion the most anticipated and “best” video to watch for EQN content is the Story Bricks panel; and you can watch it here on Tenma’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBglgiadAIc&list=UUfTjlsIZ6hArzZSW3G0vtaA . (The audio echoes, but the slides on the power point will say it all.) Tenma also has other videos posted as well from SOE live. Also, here is a link to Arcona’s thread with links to other sources: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/419323/SOE-live-2014-panels.html .
To end, I will admit, and I believe we can all agree, that we won’t see an alpha for EQN for at least another year or two, or any direct information at least, because they are truly focused on completing Landmark first. I will throw a hypothesis out there for y’all to think about. With Landmark being the backbone, and while they polish it, the development team will be so experienced with working with the assets and fixing the bugs with the engine that it will make EQN have the best launch date out of any MMO to exist. Not saying it will happen, but it would be nice for once.