So the Everquest franchise will continue to expand with the launch of the crafting focused MMO Everquest Next Landmark later this year and at some unknown date in the future the actual Everquest Next MMORPG. That’ll be five different Norrath games players can find themselves in. I already read blogs of players who play both Everquest (1) and Everquest 2. Just imagine how complex this is all going to be for guilds and communities in the future!
This is where Sony Online Enterainment could be innovating on communication. They are already pretty advanced compared to most companies since they allow (or at least allowed) cross server and cross game communication by tell or mail (disclaimer: I’m basing this on forum posts I’ve found, not on actual experience). That’s pretty amazing compared to say Turbine’s DDO and LOTRO communities which are kept pretty separate.
Where could they go with this though? A chat client for smart phones would be an obvious idea, like Blizzard’s WoW app based on the Battle.Net platform. How about an Everquest Next Landmark client for tablets (like the iPad) so players can at least explore the creations of others while sat on the sofa? Such a client should also allow them to chat to guildmates of course. Perhaps the most important change would be cross game guilds spanning the whole franchise. That would really allow communities to remain in touch as more options open up.