John Smedley, president of SOE, earlier announced that Everquest Next will indeed be coming to Playstation 4, great news for those who have only managed to dabble in MMORPG gaming through the medium of joypad control.
Consoles have had relatively little coverage where MMO’s are concerned and Sony have been paving the way for a couple of years now with titles such as DC Universe Online and third party games like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, bringing the new generation of console owners the chance to take part in community based questing and the joys that PC users have been experiencing for a good fourteen years since the release of the original Everquest.
Sony Online Entertainment’s history with MMO’s is mostly great, covering the first two EQ games, Planetside and it’s sequel with MMO style FPS madness and my personal favourite, Star Wars Galaxies.
This, to me, was the ultimate MMO title, offering the chance to actually be a part of the Rebel Alliance, fly my own X-wing, fight massive (yet laggy) ground battles against Imperial scum and visit members of the original trilogy for specialist missions… That was only the boyhood dream of being a part of Star Wars though. Countless hours spent with one of the most amazing communities in this type of gaming, ever, while building our own city, pockmarking it with shops, residential areas and heading off together to take down some invading Imps at our local Starport… Ah the memories.
That’s why my heart almost leapt into my throat when Mr. Smedley announced this in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with fans of EQN on Reddit:
“SWG PLAYERS – OUR NEXT GAME IS DEDICATED TO YOU. Once we launch it… you can come home now.”
This was based on an unannounced project that SOE are working on after Everquest Next, although the focus on community and building is bang on with what SWG perpetuated throughout it’s long, sometimes bitter lifespan.
All I can say is, please let it be SWG 2. As EA have the license from Disney to publish Star Wars games, I’m not so sure, but handing the MMO rights back to Sony would be a very smart move considering their past success with the franchise.
Help us Sony… You’re our only hope!