PS4 EverQuest Next not a priority

Sony Online Entertainment "very serious" about MMO game being a PC-oriented launch, but says "you're dumb" not to consider other options like PS4.

A PlayStation 4 version of Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game EverQuest Next could one day happen, but it's not the developer's main focus.

"We're very serious about this being a PC-orientated launch. Now, you're dumb not to explore other options with a business of this type, but we're very serious about developing for the PC," producer David Georgeson told Eurogamer.

Georgeson said Sony Online Entertainment is very familiar with the PS4, as the company is bringing two of its biggest titles, DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2, to the console.

"So we have a lot of people becoming extraordinarily knowledgeable with that box," he said. "We're not adverse to the idea, but we're not going down that path yet."

EverQuest Next was announced earlier this month. Unlike other MMO games, it has no levels and it features more than 30 unique classes. The game also boasts destructible environments, allowing players to dynamically shape the world around them.

Also part of the EverQuest Next package is a world-building tool called Landmark. It allows players to create structures using Sony's own Player Studios Software. Landmark will be available as a free download this winter, while EverQuest Next does not have a release date.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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92 comments
morderwrath
morderwrath

What do they mean no levels? You mean no level of progression for characters?/

GatzbyIGN
GatzbyIGN

It really should be a priority.  Support your own system dammit!

Agent-M
Agent-M

Its coming out for PS4, its complimentary to do so given that the company that develops the game also develops the system.  

Lets not forget the history Everquest has on the PS console.  

I believe the PC will be focused on first so that the transition to the PS4 can be as smooth as possible.  

edinko
edinko

EVerquest fans should be glad about this.THey will probably not dumb it down for bad controls and lack of buttons for this type of game

SaintJimmmy
SaintJimmmy

Already a step in the right direction MMOs should always be focused on the PC

the consoles should always be an afterthought

radcrab123
radcrab123

its smart to focus on the pc first that way you can make sure everyone's happy and there are no bugs then you can port it to ps4 so the pc and the console gamers will be happy smart move sony smart move

blkgto
blkgto

I would be surprised to not see it launch on the xbox one as well, though I think its probably likely it will be after it launches for the pc and ps4.  If Sony aims to charge a monthly fee for it, then there is money to be made off of xbox one users as well. 

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

This saddens me. While I still plan on getting it on PC, it would have been neat to have the option to play on Ps4 as well. I also have friends that would have been very interested in playing on the Ps4.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

I think the only reason they won't confirm a PS4 release is so they won't cut into PC sales... The same way Rockstar isn't announcing anything for next gen and PC. After the announcement that Elder Scrolls Online will be on PS4, I have no doubt EQ Next will make it's way over to the console.

FFXIV, ESO, Destiny, and (hopefully) EQN would have the PS4 with great options.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

I'm dumb? I feel so hurt and unintelligent! Screw you Microsoft! *runs away crying like a little girl*

-_-

Seriously though, was there EVER a good MMO for a console?

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

The problem is you have to dumb a game down in order to make it playable on a console's gamepad.

SoE is shady, but even they don't want to take that approach.

servb0ts
servb0ts

SOE would be stupid not to let EverQuest Next hit PS4 console, they obviously don't want Money or Fanbase lol.

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

I'd rather they stick to PC only, rather than dumbing down the game to fit the control scheme of a console and a console players attention span. 

firedrakes
firedrakes

i think its smart for now not to do it. due to their last version you needed one hell of a pc to run the dam thing

Ovirew
Ovirew

Eddie, your title is pretty misleading.  Sony is saying "you're dumb" meaning "they'd be dumb not to" (explore those other possibilities.)

dogbert784
dogbert784

They're going to make a good PC game first. Then focus on making worthwhile PS4 port afterwards. Priorities. 

 You're doing it right, Sony. 

Caldrin
Caldrin

good.. its best to concentrate on the PC version first..

Zoza24
Zoza24

Im not partially exited for this game, Its perhaps that im not familiar with MMO's

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

>>but says "you're dumb" not to consider other options like PS4.

who else read this line and thought Sony was calling us customers dumb =)

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

the ps4 version would have to be dumbed down and degraded in quality to be able to run

atopp399
atopp399

With only an 8 skill hotbar you can bet they are thinking about consoles...

R3DCL0UD
R3DCL0UD

The lack of classes is very interesting, I certainly hope Elder Scrolls is doing the same thing since the franchise carries this very idea throughout.

SoulReaper1337
SoulReaper1337

SOE has a vast library of games they have created yet Everquest and Planetside are the only good games series they have made.

liftplus5
liftplus5

@SaintJimmmy thats not why they're doing it they're seeing if it will do well on pc so then they'll later put it on the ps4 if it does well

DaRq_MiNoS
DaRq_MiNoS

@blkgto Seeing as it's a Sony game, I highly doubt it would ever end up on Xbox One.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@LucentWolf They didn't say it wouldn't happen, just that it wasn't their top priority.  With him saying it was 'stupid' not to look at porting it to the PS4, I'll be VERY surprised if we don't see it on that platform.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@TalesOfGod I think FFXI was the most profitable FF game of all time... And that was on PS2.

There are others, but that's just one example.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

@Tripwolf Even if it might be a little 'dumbed down" so to speak, I think a lot of people (Myself included.) prefer the comfort and familiarity of a controller opposed to a mouse and keyboard.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@Tripwolf What exactly do you have to "dumb down" for consoles? FFXIV has a great hotbar system to replace an action bar with 20 skills, and that doesn't even matter with EQ Next; it only has 8 skills.

I don't see a problem...

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

@Tripwolf The ps4 will have usb ports.  They could require you to use a usb mouse and keyboard to play EQ Next on the ps4.  Regardless, they shouldn't even bother with a console version until the PC version is out.  If it's a huge success, which it looks like it has the potential for, then they could think about porting it to the ps4 possibly?

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@Tixylixx Yeah!  Those knuckle-dragging, console playing morons!  I bet they don't even use apostrophes when showing possession... oh, wait...

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@Tixylixx The only consideration they absolutely have to make when porting it to the PS4 is controlling your character, but the way they are already handling the control scheme of this game should make that a fairly easy transition. They might have to adjust the UI for console users as well, but that's about it. I would imagine a lot of people will just use a USB keyboard/mouse for it anyways, if/when it does come out.

They won't have to "dumb down" anything since the control scheme is already console friendly.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@dogbert784 I hope so.  The game does look interesting, but a lot of us don't have the money or space for a good desktop PC.  If I could play it on the Ps4 though, then I might be interested.

wexorian
wexorian

@atopp399 have you player tera with controller? it has 8 skill bar also, But it;s awfull.

roganth
roganth

@R3DCL0UD ' it has no levels and features more than 30 unique classe.'

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

@xhawk27 @TalesOfGod Yeah but I meant that even if they do bring it to PS4, how would it be any different than all of the other MMOs that have crashed and burned.

edinko
edinko

@M3o5nster @Tripwolf Everything mate in this genre. HOw do you want to operate a game that requires dozens of buttons and the ability to instantly type text while operating everything else? Its just not possible on a gamepad- so the game has to be dumbed down and crippled

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@Tripwolf @servb0ts WoW is the exception, not the norm...

It was more of a fluke... Right game at the right time to take hold of the casual gamer boom, and still cater to somewhat hardcore players in Vanilla.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@Ovirew @dogbert784 It would be the first MMO I'd look at seriously if it came to console, but it's a good idea to focus on their existing fan base before trying to branch out.

servb0ts
servb0ts

@RawhideSphinx I enjoyed beta, you obviously mean FFXIV on PC, because Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn is Amazing.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@TalesOfGod @xhawk27 It would be made well (theoretically), with better servers so it ran well as well.  Just off the top of my head.