Sony Online Entertainment has announced that after a successful alpha run, EverQuest Next: Landmark has officially entered closed beta testing. In preparation for today's CBT launch, alpha servers were wiped, though players were able to save templates of all of the things created during alpha for redeployment in the beta.
First off, a bit of housekeeping. We are changing the name of the game… literally. The game is no longer called EverQuest Next Landmark. We are now just Landmark. You may be asking, “Why the change?” Answer: To a lot of people, having EverQuest in the name immediately implies a fantasy game. Landmark is anything you can imagine. Removing EverQuest Next seemed the best. This doesn’t change anything we’ve said about Landmark or EverQuest Next. All the details of the games are still the same. We’re still using Landmark to build EverQuest Next – and we’ll still have areas dedicated to EQN. We’re just simplifying the name and making it easier to understand that the games are different from one another.
Read the rest of Dave Georgeson's letter on the Landmark forum.