According to a new interview at Forbes.com, EverQuest Next: Landmark is described by Dave Georgeson as a "full blown MMO" and that combat elements were always supposed to be a part of the game world. While most have assumed that Landmark was the building/modding arm for EQN, it simply isn't so.
So what does this mean? EverQuest Next Landmarkis a full MMORPG experience. This may seem difficult to take in, considering that it’s also sort of a precursor to another complete MMORPG, EverQuest Next. It boils down to two full MMORPGs with the same building blocks but different focal points. EverQuest Next Landmark will be deeply based in creative, building, and exploratory experiences whereas EverQuest Next itself will feature story driven aspects and progression. While these are completely dissimilar titles, they will share many of the same underlying systems.
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