It isn’t like I ever made a conscious choice and said “I’m now done with MMOs,” or at least, such a decision was not what came first. It was a result. A result of an utter lack of enjoyment I was having. So it seemed to naturally follow that I would be done with MMOs. At least ones of the current school of design or possibly by limits of current technology.
Now, for EQNext in particular you can hardly move a few paces in the blogosphere without tripping over a related post at the moment, so I won’t cover it off in any great detail.1 If you missed the SoE Reveal event for EQNext (and EQNext – Landmark) you can view the entire 1hr 20m reveal show here.
TESO also had some recent coverage by Jaedia which included a link to a video from QuakeCon showing roughly 20 minutes of solid gameplay.
Hook. Line. Sinker.
I think one could rather safely say my interest has one again been piqued.
It certainly isn’t the first time, and it is quite possible I’ll be burned for getting my hopes again. It wouldn’t be the first time. Last instance was with Guild Wars 2, in fact. I played a little bit of the beta and while not blown away perhaps, certainly liked it enough to be once more excited by the possibilities of the genre as a whole.
Well… That didn’t last long.
Will things turn out any better with EQNext or TESO for me? I don’t know yet, but I am excited by the possibilities again. To quote perhaps a bit of a recurrent theme in the previously linked posts, I want to believe again.
The seeming common point between both of these titles that has my interest so piqued is that they’re treating the world as a world. Everquest Next’s world will allow not only for exploration of its surface but straight down through several layers of history and ruins. The Elder Scroll’s Online seems to be carrying over at least as much exploration potential as its single player lineage.
If true, if either world pulls off the feat of seeming to be a world, a place to inhabit which incidentally happens to have adventure aplenty? Well, I could be happy for quite some time.
- Although I will say, the destructibility of the world has been stated to be impermanent, so enough with the prophecies of scorched earth 20 mins within launch commenter folks! [↩]