SOE Confirms PS4 Everquest Next & Talks Star Wars Galaxies
Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley recently divulged the company's plans for Everquest Next on PS4 and how it plans to appeal to Star Wars Galaxies fans.
Responding to fans in an "Ask Me Anything" session, Smedley was straight up about Everquest Next appearing on the PS4 at some point. "Yes, we will absolutely be bringing EQN to the PlayStation 4," he wrote to a fan asking whether it was in development.
Smedley was less direct but still somewhat forthcoming about SOE's next project. "SWG PLAYERS - OUR NEXT GAME (not announced yet) IS DEDICATED TO YOU," he declared. "Once we launch it... you can come home now."
Star Wars Galaxies was shut down in late 2011 after launching in 2003.
Speaking of titles no longer in service, recently SOE shut down four of its games.
The "Our Take" in this story originally speculated that Sony Online might be returning in some way to Star Wars: Galaxies. During the AMA (and in a follow-up tweet), John Smedley confirmed that the game in question is a "completely new IP." Game Informer regrets the error.
Although EA has the rights to a chunk of Disney/LucasArts' Star Wars titles, there is a specific caveat that lets Disney retain the rights for online, social, and mobile titles. Unfortunately, Smedley is clear that this is a new intellectual property. Star Wars: Galaxies is in the history books, but we're interested to see what it is that will appeal specifically to its fans.