MMORPG.com writer Phil James takes some time this week to tackle the idea of an EverQuest III and what he’d want to see done with the world of Norrath.
When thinking about my ideal sequel to Everquest, a lot of consideration has gone into my characters. After all, I am going to be spending a lot of time looking at them and clicking their abilities. So here is my (occasionally unrealistic) character wish list for EQIII.
The world of Norrath already has an impressive number of playable races. Usually once you have selected your race, you enter the world and you get the same experience as everyone else. People start in the same areas and do the same quests regardless of their background.
Back in the day when EQII was new, we all started out as poor wretches left homeless by the shattering of the world. We were rescued and taken by boat to the Isle of Refuge where we earned our place in the new society. This idea has fallen by the wayside, the boat part doesnâ€™t even exist now and the starter islands are soon for the chop too. I miss the origin story, and would like it to return as it adds lots of flavour and creates great memories. Dragon Age has several origin stories for you to play through depending on your race/class, and EQIII could borrow from this.
Â Inspired by the old “choose your own adventure books”, the Kingdoms of Amalur Facebook page has started a new community interactive story.
Community fans can log on to Facebook to see the progress of the story so far and can vote in a poll to determine where the story will go next. The setting of the story and the race/gender of the lead character has been determined but “this is just the beginning” according to developers.
In this installment, members of the Big Huge Games Narrative Design team (Lead Narrative Designer Erik J. Caponi, and Narrative Designers Andrew Auseon and Tom Murphy) share stories about their roles, how they shape the world of Amalur, and how visionary author R. A. Salvatoreâ€™s involvement has enriched the Reckoning teamâ€™s creative direction.
Eye of the North was released four years ago and was the final expansion for Guild Wars. In our latest review, MMORPG.com’s Som Pourfarzaneh checks out Eye of the North and offers his thoughts on how it holds up after four years. Read on and then offer your thoughts in the comments.
Unlike the standalone Prophecies, Factions, and Nightfall campaigns that comprise Guild Wars Trilogy, Eye of the North (EotN) is a traditional expansion in that it requires a level 20 character from one of the previous campaigns to play. It returns to the original setting in the Prophecies game and is meant to serve as a bridge between Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, along with the out-of-game novels currently being produced. Rather than adding new professions and PvP modes like the previous expansions, EotN focuses on PvE content, offering 4 new explorable regions, 18 multilevel dungeons, 150 skills, 10 customizable heroes, 40 armor sets, and your own Hall of Monuments. It’s more Guild Wars and introduces some key concepts that will appear prominently in the sequel, so if you like ArenaNet and NCSoft’s style, you might want to check it out.