It has been revealed that EverQuest Next Landmark’s microtransaction model will not be enforced upon its launch. Instead the system will be gradually phased in throughout the game’s testing phases by taking feedback from players regarding what should and what shouldn’t be changed.
In a post on the Everquest Next Landmark alpha forums, director of development David Georgeson mentioned how the free-to-play title started by offering Founders Packs, which granted players access to the game’s closed alpha in January. The next phase involves “selling stuff” by offering players paid in-game resources and character clothing.
“Currently, our progression game is limited by resources, so selling those resources may seem like we’re allowing you to pay for power,” he wrote. “But our current game progression is not the intended real progression. Very soon, you’ll only need handfuls of resources to make picks and other tools. Tool and item progression will be limited by activities completed and achievements gained…not by resources.”
Towards the end of the alpha, SOE will gradually add more purchase options, including new potion effects and other crafting shortcuts, home upkeep and market stall renting. Georgeson was quick to point out that these will in no way effect the balance of the game.
During the closed beta phase, SOE will launch Player Studio, allowing players to submit and purchase templates through the in-game store. There will also be the inclusion of new cosmetic purchases, including cosmetic pets, sound and music packs, name and gender changes and other “bigger-ticket items.”
“There will be additions/subtractions from this plan as we go, but we strongly believe that we can support the game well in these positive manners without compromising the game’s balance, economy, or fun,” Georgeson wrote.
A release date for EverQuest Next Landmark has yet to be announced but it’s likely sometime next year. The game is in development for the PC but recently SOE president John Smedley said in a recent Reddit AMA the title is “absolutely” coming to PlayStation 4 as well.
Source SOE Forums