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From this Feb. 4th tweet.
@Khayotix Highly unlikely that EQN will launch in 2013. Smed said we'd have "something", but that could be one of a million facets.
I was in another thread and I was amazed to hear that the community at MMORPG.com hadn't come across this information. For those that don't know, Linda is the Director of Global Community Relations for SOE. So, if there was something important to know in regards to EQN, its her business to keep on top of that to address community concerns.
This tweet and her reply was in regards to Smed saying this:
"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
Some of the controversy I've already heard was that the community should believe Smed first. Ok, sure. I think many of you know just how much Smed likes to talk, and spin, and hype, especially in the recent past in regards to EQN. He is a Hype machine at this point and is pumping out all the right catch-phrases and being just cryptic enough to keep people guessing..and talking.
Sometimes, he has even gone a bit too far. For this I give the example of his "We like permadeath for EQN" which he later recanted, tweeting "In case people did not catch the sarcasm I was kidding about EQN having permadeath ". So, he likes to stir the pot and see what the community reaction will be, and how far his words will spread.
Now, I think something will be shown at SOELive. It would be, IMHO, irresponsible after teasing us for so long. But, "an actual release version.." of WHAT, is the question that is hanging in the air. Combat scenes? The game's intro? Character creation? Brasse seemed quite confident that it wouldn't be the game itself.