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EverQuest Next Landmark alpha out now, if you buy your way in

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SOE have deployed the alpha for EverQuest Next Landmark (opens in new tab) , which you'll remember is the crafty/Photoshoppy prototype-type thing for their super-voxelly sequel to EverQuest 2. It's not the sort of alpha you can just download, however - you'll have to purchase a 'Founder's Pack' (opens in new tab) first. The cheapest tier of Founder's Pack with alpha access will set you back a whopping $60, so it's worth having a bit of a think before you decide whether or not to dive in. (Our hands-on preview (opens in new tab) from way back when might help.) EverQuest Next Landmark will be free-to-play when it eventually releases for real.

Not everything is present in this initial alpha build. Combat, for example, is nowhere to be seen. You can, however, both craft and build stuff, which is likely why you signed up in the first place. If you're worried about character wipes, don't be (much): SOE have told RPS (opens in new tab) that they'll use character wipes "very, very rarely". Handily, there will be a way to preserve your built objects from the oncoming storm of server wipes too.

Will your PC be able to run it? Probably, but here are the system requirements (opens in new tab) just in case.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.