Over at Everquest Next, they’re encouraging the community to help the game’s developers with some key decisions, like… Should female dwarves have beards?
Okay, on its surface it seems like a silly question. Well, silly if you’re not a fantasy lore geek. In other words, silly if you’re not a gamer.
These questions matter. There’s no question about character design, environment or any aspect of lore that doesn’t deserve at least a doctoral dissertation drawing heavily from Tolkien, Norse mythology and Dungeons and Dragons.
No, it’s not an earthshaking question that will make the game significantly more playable, but it’s a good sign, a sign the EQN developers care abour their community. EQN might be more than a year from release (Just a guess.), but they’re already making a significant effort to build good will with their community.
The EQN Round Table provides a means for gamers to feel like they’re having an impact on how this game turns out. Through the EQN Round Table you can give your feedback on a variety of different questions. Based on the video below, the EQN developers seem to be taking the feedback from the community seriously, while having a bit of fun, too. How sweet is that?
Has any other MMO asked the community what they wanted to see in a game before it was released? It’s hard to think of a single game. Usually the course of a new MMO is charted directly by the developers and, to a much lesser extent, a handful of carefully selected beta testers.
EQN appears to be taking a different approach. No matter what your position is on bearded female dwarves, the Everquest developers care about what you have to say. And they’re getting the community involved at a point when they can still have an impact on how the game turns out.
That’s awesome cool.