This topic has been on my mind a lot recently due to 2 games now under development.
EverQuest Next Landmark (EQNL)
Star Citizen (SC)
Per my earlier post I am currently in the closed Alpha for EQNL and it has devoured my gaming time. I get in and start building something and will spend several hours on something and decide that I just don’t like it and start over again. Not to mention the current grind required to gather some resources to improve your tools and extra pre-made models that you can craft.
Star Citizen was a Kick Starter wonder and the company continued a similar model after completing many times over their initial funding drive. Now every couple of Million raised by pre-selling ships and in and out of game items and features they add new expansion based content or new ships.
I mentioned this to Lissanna last night while making food and we both agreed could you Imagine what the result would have been if Blizzard had released a tool set pre-cataclysm saying we want to redo the world here are the tools and let 1K if not 100K people building their own versions of different zones and continents, then all Blizzard needed to do was pick the best from those and meld them together into 1 world?
Well that is what SOE is doing with EverQuest Next via Landmark. It is like the Star Craft 2 tools but for an MMO and not a RTS. I did tweet about this concept as far at the limits of Twitter will allow but the limits of what game studios could do in the long term is staggering if they could successfully harness the power of their respective fan-bases. We know old world WoW has already been modeled in MineCraft to a limited extend.
Just a post for future thought, given current Alpha and eventual Beta stages of EQNL, I am sure I will have more posts about it in the future.
By the way if you like the looks of Landmark at all I suggest at least spending the $20-ish bucks to get into the Alpha or Beta and help refine it as well.