Everquest Next will feature an opt-in account-based friends list that players can limit to maintain in-character anonymity.
The development of Everquest Next presses on and as the game continues to take shape, its developers at Sony Online Entertainment have been working to include the Everquest community in the process of making the game. To that end, the studio recently released a video aimed at describing to potential players how the game's friend lists will work.
The resulting discussion focused in primarily on how the game would balance character and account based friends list. "[Fans] thought that account based was a fine idea," said senior brand manager Omeed Dariana. "But they definitely wanted that option to have character based friends as well."
Hoping to accommodate that desire the developer intends to integrate a system that combines the best of both worlds. "[You'll have] the ability to have account wide friends but it's sort of an opt-in thing," explained senior producer, Terry Michaels. "If you requested me as an account wide friend I'd have to approve it." The result, he hopes will be a system that allows for the convenience of an account based friends list while also allowing players "keep [their] anonymity" if they wake up one morning and feel like playing alone.
Friends lists aside, SOE also wants to look into other ways Everquest Next could potentially cross the traditional lines of characters and accounts. "We're re-evaluating a lot of the things that people take for granted as the way they work in MMOs," said Michaels. In turn, the developer invites suggestions from its fans, something interested gamers can contribute at the Everquest Next website.