Today was the big reveal of EverQuest Next. I think the gaming press was more excited about the game than the people in the room. SOE has a tradition of not putting their best foot forward and that occurred again today. Quite frankly, Dave Georgeson (aka Smokejumper), the Director of Development for the EverQuest Next franchise, did not have a strong performance. Even with the material at his disposal, in my opinion he stunk the joint up. I don't think he impressed the people in the room either, because when John Smedley came out afterwards and asked the crowd if they wanted to hear more, the crowd wasn't too enthusiastic.
Don't get me wrong. Getting past Smokejumper's poor performance the content of the presentation offered enough to intrigue me. And the fact that another game, EverQuest Next Landmark, is coming out this year to allow players to help build the world of EQNext is awesome. So I'm cautiously optimistic about the game, but I don't want to get too excited and get my hopes up. I'll take another look at the information and write something more comprehensive on Monday.