Sony Online Entertainment's getting involved in the crow-funding revolution with EverQuest Next, it appears. Today they revealed the EverQuest Next Landmark Founder's program, which lets potential players invest now and as a reward pick up some fancy digital loot, as well as early access to the game's alpha or beta. Keep in mind Landmark is the world-building app and not the full-scale MMO.
Founders Packs start at $19.99, though they also come in $59.99 and $99.99 versions. Pricey investment for early access to a game where you're doing work to then make the full game. Sony Online Entertainment has this whole MMO development thing down. Step 1: Profit!
Here are the three different packs, along with what's included:
- Unlimited Closed Beta (guaranteed before March 31, 2014)
- Settler Flag Item
- Founder's Pickaxe
- Title: Founder
- Forum Title: Founder
- Everything included in the Settler Pack
- Alpha Access (guaranteed before February 28, 2014)
- Explorer Flag Item
- Ring of Bounty
- Mega Pocket
- Courtier's Regalia
- Tech Sergeant's Gear
- Everything included in the Settler Pack and Explorer Pack
- Trailblazer Flag Item
- Mastercraft Bracer
- Void Vault
- Noble's Regalia
- Tech Commander's Gear
- 4 Sharable Closed Beta Keys
- Your Name in the EQNL Credits
As apparent, the $20 pack will get players into the beta somewhere between February and March, while the other two more expensive packs will earn Alpha access. It's notable, however, that the beta access will be unlimited, while the alpha access says no such thing. Perhaps they'll be doing weekend alphas? Or random waves of alpha?
Obviously the value is in experiencing Landmark before other players, while simultaneously looking much better than them in the process. I just have to remind everyone again that this is for Everquest Next Landmark and not EverQuest Next itself. Landmark is tool where players build the world with Next's voxel tech and potentially get their creations added to the full MMO.
Expect more information on EverQuest Next Landmark's Alpha and Beta launch dates in the months ahead. Is this game worth dropping $99 on so early? $60? $20?