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SOE boss: I can't wait to see Everquest Next on PS4

John Smedley indicates MMO's console release is just a matter of time

Upcoming free-to-play MMO EverQuest Next looks all but guaranteed to arrive on PlayStation 4 in the future, according to a key figure at developer Sony Online Entertainment.

Sony Online Entertainment company president, John Smedley, was asked by Gamerhub.TV how the studio would embrace next-generation systems for upcoming games such as EverQuest Next.

"We haven't announced, technically, that we're putting it on PlayStation 4," Smedley replied, "but it's fair to say that we're a Sony company so, you know, I say that with a smile on my face. I can't wait to see it on the PS4."

Elsewhere in the interview, Smedley explained why he believes the PlayStation 4 is going to be a lucrative new market in the free-to-play sector.

"Free-to-play gaming is going to take a large role on the PlayStation 4. In fact, you're going to see a number of free-to-play games at launch, and we think it's going to be the biggest opportunity in free-to-play gaming right now.

"PS4 architecture lends itself well to MMOs, because we know we can use the stable platform - where we know everyone has the same hardware. That stable base is probably the biggest advantage that PS4 offers."

Smedley also explained that the PS4's memory provides a huge advantage.

"The single biggest differentiator is the PS4's memory," he said. "It was such a great decision to put 8 gigs [of RAM] on PlayStation 4, and we know it's a stable platform to utilise. So it's like developing on a really super high-end PC, but it's even better than that."

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Originally announced in August, EverQuest Next is a free-to-play MMO that aims to evolve the genre with fully destructible environment physics that apply to "every piece of the world", more advanced AI and an open-ended storyline that will force the player to face the consequences of their actions and decisions.

SOE's free-to-play superhero game DC Universe Online launched alongside the PS4 in America, and is set to do the same in Europe when the PS4 is released on November 29. Meanwhile, the MMO first-person shooter Planetside 2 is expected to launch on PS4 in "early 2014".

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