What next and what’s interesting?

Ground Zeroes is just around the corner and I need to decide what to do about that!  I want to get a PS4 and buy it on there, but they are still sold out everywhere around where I live, and Amazon hasn’t emailed me about new shipments yet.  So who knows when I can do that.

I do plan on reviewing GZ in some way, or at least analyzing what it represents in the series, so as I wait for getting a PS4 I’ll guess have to do something else, huh?

What I’m currently fascinated by are EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark, a very interesting MMO (and creation tool spinoff) that’s being developed.  I hate MMOs in general and I never cared at all about EverQuest, so that should tell you that it must be pretty special.  They seem to be doing some extremely creative and interesting things with the series, and I suggest you start watching the video below:

http://youtu.be/sDq2a3zy_6M?t=1m21s

Believe it or not, for as beautiful and hand-crafted as the world appears, the entire thing from the bottom up is created using “voxels”, just like Minecraft.  And yes, that also means you can destroy any part of it you want.  The world heals itself after 20 minutes or so, which makes it significant, but not broken.  You’ll actually be able to tunnel through the ground, break into underground caverns dynamically, and destroy things on an epic scale during sieges, wars, etc.

Much more fascinating yet is the AI system in the game, which sounds frankly mindblowing if they can pull it off.  Because the world is completely tagged and tracked, enemies can actually prefer different environment conditions and automatically migrate to places that match that kind of place.  Players can actually bully enemies out of an area, or perhaps unexpectedly provoke them into starting a war.  They can respond to the player activity and make decisions.  It’s not just spawn points that will stay the same forever.

The game is going to be free to play, and it’s being created by Sony Online Entertainment.  Yes, it will be coming to the PS4 eventually, which is exciting to me.

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