A major update to Landmark coming August 27th, and lots more info inside!
This week, we're on the ground at SOE Live!
We've been getting a close look at the latest news on Landmark and EverQuest Next. Between a press briefing and an interview, we've learned a lot. Below is a compilation of everything we've found, so take it all in!
Press Briefing by: Dave Georgeson, Director of Development for the EverQuest Franchise
Interviewee: Terry Michaels, Senior Producer on EQN and Landmark
*AUGUST 27TH* – Major Update
Combat (PVP), Stats, Weapons & Armor, Abilities, Interactive Objects and Game Rule Objects
PVP & Combat
- PvP combat only to start; consensual on claims, with none in the open world; no ganking
- Players will be able to die; fall damage, environmental hazards, drowning, etc.
- New player stats including Armor, Health and Energy
- Energy is a resource bar (like Mana); Armor is like WildStar's shields: it depletes, but recharges
Character Abilities & Gear
- Your gear dictates your abilities
- Introducing three weapons: a Staff, a Blade and a Bow
- Each basic items has two different abilities: a standard attack and a special
- Bound to mouse buttons by default
- Timing attacks were mentioned often; aim and positioning are important
- Weapon types follow an elemental style: Fire, Frost, Shadow and Holy
- You also have abilities based on the armor you're wearing; Armor can:
- Increase your energy regeneration, allowing you to use abilities more often
- Add movement abilities to make you faster, possibly charge abilities
- They want your gear, and the ways the abilities interact, to be how you create your build
- Basic versions of items available to crafted
- Special versions with different abilities come from chests or loot drops
- Breaking down special versions give resources to build new weapon types with different abilities
- The gear / ability system fulfills the "horizontal progression" they want to go for
- Landmines are being introduced; first phase of hazards and traps
- "Platformer objects" such as lifts, teleporters and launchpads are configurable by the player
Game Rule Objects
- Use items to create a PVP map on your claim.
- Initially launches with Deathmatch and Control and Hold objects
- Will be significantly expanded in the future
- You place a game table, essentially the "master controller," for what you want to play
- Can be crafted or dropped; will be tradable
- Universal items like spawn points, which can be used in several gametypes
SEPTEMBER – Monsters and Starter Templates
- Six monsters shown: White Wisp, Red Wisp, Necrozoa, Fiery Fungus, Chomper and Scorpion Plant
- Starter templates are basic shapes given to all players
(NO DATE) (After Monsters) – AI Editing System
- First phase of players being able to create their own story
(LATER THIS YEAR) – Game Mastering Tools
- First iteration of the tools allow you to create playable content on your claim for people to enjoy
- "We want you to be able to make a Race on your claim", etc.
- Emphasized the systems in Landmark are the development of Everquest Next
- There are certain systems in Landmark they need to be able to do things in EQN
- Ex: Want people in EQN to earn land, and want people to have Guild Towns
- Because of the Storybricks system, they can introduce a large amount of diff story arcs, and then it depends on players to either individually or collaboratively – by their actions in the world – trigger story to continue, or for NPCs to head to the next stage of their plan.
- Characters are "stories that want to tell themselves"; world will be seeded with these characters
- Not necessarily living characters; forces of nature would count.
- Ex: A volcano wants to erupt, and could if conditions are met.
- AI implementation in Landmark will be the first step toward that
- Very class-based compared to Landmark (which is item-based)
- Emphasis on timing, positioning, and skill-shots
- Damage done also affects the environment; hitting a wall will do damage
- Something great we observed in a demonstration:
"Two players were running around a Keep. An Elementalist turned the stone floor into a patch of ice. A Warrior jumped in and performed a Whirlwind which damages the area around it. Because the area had been turned to ice, it was brittle and a lot weaker – so the warrior went straight down through the ice into the area below. Afterward, the Elementalist jumped down through the hole."
- Timing of abilities, movement, and positioning are very important
- Lots of interplay between abilities
- Seem like they uses energy for abilities, like Landmark does
- All classes should be able to stand toe-to-toe with another
- Proficiency is about how you use your abilities
- Want it to be a question of skill – while still accessible
- Thought: Easy to learn, difficult to master?
Cleric - Support
- Don't want whack-a-mole on health bars; it's positional, and where they're casting matters
- Showed a few abilities, some which involved the "morale" of allies
- Thought: Could be tied into the AI system?
- Showed a large AOE ability, with runes on the ground and great sound effects
- Good visual/audio indications of ability durations; they want it to be intuitive
Tempest - Druid Assassin
- Has elemental powers; "jump-in, jump-out" melee damage dealer
- Things like Ice and Fire abilities; e.g., "Pillar of Flame"
Dark Elf City
- Used winning pieces of the Dark Elf Landmark competition
- Didn't just place the structures they made; used them to inform overall design
- Showed Dark Elf character models and DE-specific equipment; fit in well with city aesthetic
- Showed a huge siege on the Dark Elf city
- Comes from a product of the actions within a server; actions lead to this huge event