EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath Peek

RPG Vault has released a post-ship peek at EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath, in which Sony Online producer Craig Knapp offers his thoughts on the recently released expansion pack. Here’s a taste:

As with any development cycle, we faced a handful of challenges, and one of them would have to be the barter system. The feature is strong, and we really wanted to piggyback it on the success of the bazaar and the prominence of the EQ economy. We knew we needed to address some of the early problems that plagued the bazaar when it was first introduced, so we were very deliberate in our planning. When the original bazaar was released, we had no idea it was going to be so popular, and it really hurt performance in that zone. Primarily, a player was rendering a significant portion of the zone because it didn’t have enough occluding geometry. Combine that with the number of searches players were doing, and performance suffered.

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