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EverQuest Next Landmark Dev Video Shows Off Advanced Building Tools

| 11 Jan 2014 15:45

Associate producer Eric Smith, and lead building and UI designer Jake Sones, demonstrate building archways, copying and mirroring objects, and snap-to-grid mode in the upcoming free-to-play sandbox game.

The latest developer diary for Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming sandbox MMO EverQuest Next Landmark introduces the advanced building tools for the game. Players have complete control over building in their own land claim or plot, and can also make changes in the shared game world. The video shows the latest changes to the selection tool, allowing players to move a selection along any axis, allowing for rapid building. Associate producer Eric Smith demonstrates how copying and then mirroring an object allows players to build twinned staircases, a feature that simply rotating an object would not allow. The video also shows how to build archways and how activating the snap-to-grid mode can be used to build tightly-packed structures. While introducing these tools, the developer diary shows the player flying around their plot of land. Lead building and UI designer Jake Sones says, "Flying will be unlocked via progression in your plot only. We're not going to let people fly everywhere throughout the world, that would just be too powerful and ruin the game experience."

EverQuest Next Landmark is a free-to-play sandbox MMO. The game focusses on exploring massive worlds and procedurally generated adventures, defeating monsters, collecting resources, and building just about anything. Players can build objects and structures, manipulate the terrain, and sell their custom goods for real money in Player Studio, SOE's marketplace. SOE's upcoming MMORPG EverQuest Next will feature objects and buildings built by players inEverQuest Next Landmark, selected by the developers.

On December 19, SOE president teased on Twitter that the alpha test for EverQuest Next Landmark could start in late January. Applications for the EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark beta tests are currently open. You can also purchase access to the alpha or closed beta by buying a Founder's Pack. Three different levels of Founder's Packs are available, each adding more exclusive items and earlier access to the game as you go up in price. Once the game is released, it will be free-to-play, but if you're itching to get in on the game as soon as possible the cheapest Founder Pack with alpha access will set you back $59.99.

Source: EverQuest Next Landmark

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