Sony Announces EverQuest Next for PS4 and New IP; PlanetSide 2 Coming in the First Half of 2014

During an AMAA-style (Ask me Almost Anything) Q&A on Reddit Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley dropped a few bombs that PS4 and MMORPG fans in general will love.

First of all he confirmed that the upcoming MMORPG EverQuest Next will be heading to PS4. He teased the possibility before, but this is the first time he announces it clearly and officially:

Yes. We will absolutely be bringing EQN to the Playstation 4!

Then he also gave a tentative timeframe for PlanetSide 2‘s release on Sony’s new console:

First half of this year is what we’re shooting for. It’s taking time to do this right but coming along great.

Smedley also announced that there are “lots of plans” for the implementation of new continents on PlanetSide 2.

Lots of future plans for new continents. can’t say Cyssor for sure. check on the PS2 reddit.

Finally, as the icing on top of the proverbial cake, he delivered a true blue tease on a new, unannounced MMORPG SOE is working on, that apparently comes packed with a completely new IP:

SWG. I would do everything differently.
SWG PLAYERS – OUR NEXT GAME (not announced yet) IS DEDICATED TO YOU. Once we launch it… you can come home now.

Completely new IP. The data is on the interwebs.. someone just has to find it.

A hint about the new game could be in the “oh yeah” reply given to the following question from a fan, meaning that it could be quite different from the style of the games currently offered by SOE.

Anything in the pipeline for the player who loved EQ/SWG/VG style game and isn’t particularly interested in the direction your other games have gone/seem to be going?

If you’re wondering about the mysterious “data” hidden somewhere “on the interwebs,” I am as well. Might want to start searching, because at the moment my mind is completely blank, and I don’t have the slightest idea on what Smedley might be talking about. If you have any, please drop a comment below.

In the meanwhile, if you have a PS4, Sony Online Entertainment is going to deliver a quite awesome game (PlanetSide 2) pretty soon, while EverQuest Next still doesn’t have a real release window even on PC, so there’s some waiting involved there.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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