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Posted: Mar 22nd 2008 8:01AM (Unverified) said

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Excellent idea. We hope in Steampunk for mmo's future !

Posted: Mar 21st 2008 5:50PM (Unverified) said

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When I was just reading the teaser to your article on the main page the first thing I thought of was "make EQ3 steampunk", and get some decent art direction. Guess we think alike... The setting was one of the main things getting me stoked for UO2 before it was canceled.

I hope they'd learn something from WoW, though, and make it so it doesn't require a computer coming out two years after release to run. Accessibility does wonders for sales.

Posted: Mar 21st 2008 6:26PM (Unverified) said

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I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said but for one teensy bit:

"Plus, one of the biggest criticisms given to EverQuest II is its lack of artistic inspiration. Not to say the game is ugly or anything -- it's just kind of bland."

I have to say, EQII, to my sensibilities, is actively ugly. Honestly, ever since EQ departed from its original graphics with Shadows of Luclin, the whole IP has gotten uglier and uglier. The old school graphics may have looked a little silly even a few years ago, but at least they had much more character than the chunky, personality-less troglodytes they've since churned out.

Posted: Mar 21st 2008 6:33PM (Unverified) said

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Combining sci-fi and fantasy is tricky business, but when you can get it right, you have a recipe for sucess. It's kind of hard to have magic and technology side-by-side unless you incorporate the two together like WarCraft did.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2008 2:26AM (Unverified) said

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...or Final Fantasy 3 (6 depending on where you live). What IP did steampunk/ fantasy better that FF?
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Posted: Mar 21st 2008 11:56PM (Unverified) said

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I'm immediately reminded of Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura from Troika a few years back. Phenomenal game (and studio) that did a fantastic job melding the industrial revolution with traditional high fantasy. Look no further than that game for how to really make EQ3 come alive like this article suggests.

Posted: Mar 21st 2008 11:59PM (Unverified) said

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Yes! That game was awesome. Perfect example.


Thanks for all the comments guys, I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks this idea would give EverQuest a huge shot in the arm.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2008 10:57AM (Unverified) said

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I couldn't agree less.

Steampunk in EQ3? The suggestion just bears that you know quite a little about Steampunk and the world of EQ. IT doesn't fit the lore to become the prime story of the game.

Also, your lack of taste for EQ's style is purely your taste. I hear way more praise for the graphics and the styles than I get from other MMOs. It's a matter of taste. It may not be as colorful and over the top as WoW or something, but it's not trying to be.

Who is EQ2 competing with? Lotro? Lotro has good graphics, but damn they are basic. You see the same crap all the time in that game. Not inventive at all.

When trying to balance the stretch to make things realistic looking with making fantasy work, most devs can't do it. EQ2 has done a great job of marrying the 2.

Check your sources, and learn that there are a TON of people who love the art style of EQ2.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2008 10:29PM (Unverified) said

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Doesn't fit the lore 1,500 years in the future? Huh?

Please do enlighten us.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2008 11:32AM Rollins said

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As long as it would retain the complexity of EQ2 compared to other modern MMOs, I'd be all in.

I know EQ2 is significantly simpler than EQ1 was, but it's far more dense than WoW or LotRO. I wish the engine was better, though - it makes me sad to see a game that still has no dual/multi-core support and runs shadows through the CPU. :\

Posted: Mar 23rd 2008 4:46PM (Unverified) said

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I think in terms of systems EQ II just about nails things. Gives you plenty of depth without becoming burdensome in most areas. Inside of a linear quest based PvE game, you won't find an MMO that has better game systems. At best other MMO's I'm aware of are on par in some areas.

Unfortunately, to get to those systems you have to suffer through one of the worst graphics engines on the market. Spotty framerates (even on a high end CP) and abundant loading screens.

It's also not a very cohesive or convincing world. The setting seems like someone threw a bunch of fantasy cliches into a blender (I felt that way about EQ, but it's charming and well thought out compared to EQ II). And the art direction is at best spotty.

Sort of rambling, but EQ II with a decent graphics engine and a compelling setting is something I would play in a heartbeat. Your idea for EQ III is certainly one way to get there.

Posted: Mar 23rd 2008 3:47PM (Unverified) said

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How about Everquest 40k? That would be eq and sci-fi!

Posted: Mar 31st 2008 4:25PM (Unverified) said

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I completely disagree with this. At least for me, one thing that really ruins a fantasy based game is the whole futuristic robotic / industrial mess.

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