A recent poll affirmed that a plurality of EverQuest Next Landmark fans want the game's building options to be publicly based.
EverQuest Next Landmark aims to provide a free-to-play experience unlike any other, giving players control of the very building blocks of the EverQuest Next and letting them use them to build (or destroy) a world filled with player-generated content. That being the case, there has been ongoing debate amongst the game's prospective fanbase as to how building should proceed and namely, whether or not a player's creations should be public or private.
While there are many who would like to keep their building projects private, a recent poll held by the game's developers at Sony Online Entertainment found that a plurality of players had a preference for public. In a video intended to explain the results and their meaning, SOE expressed their desire to create a unique public experience that, likewise, will give players the control they desire to prevent outsiders from ruining their personal building experience.
"When you go out into the world you can claim part of the world as your own," explained senior producer Terry Michaels. "When you do that, you control it. You're the only person who can change things on there unless you give permission to other players." Senior product manager Omeed Dariani added further assurances that public building doesn't mean that player's creations will be open to sabotage. "Building in public doesn't necessarily mean you're going to griefed."
In turn, players hoping for a private version of Landmark's building options may find themselves out of luck. "We want to make a social MMO creative building game," affirmed Michaels. "That's what Landmark is going to be." Private building accordingly "doesn't fit with what we want to do."
Nonetheless, Dariani acknowledged that players hoping to create and sell custom content in Landmark's Player Studio marketplace may have some points about the necessity of there being some way to hide their activities from other users. "If we're asking people to essentially start businesses in Player Studio, we have to give them those tools that let them work the way a business does," he said. Players, in turn, can expect some form of private building in the future, though the Michaels confirmed that it might not be ready for Landmark's launch.
Source: Everquest Next