Sony Online Entertainment has announced the SOE Player Studio which is designed to give creative customers a way to create their own in-game items and then sell them.
User-generated content has had a place in SOE games for quite some time, however the Player Studio is different because it allows players to make a profit. According to SOE, players can “download sample geometry for actual in-game objects and through the use of third party art tools, learn how to develop, design and personalize items of their own.”
After the created item has passed the approval process it can be purchased by other players from the SOE Marketplace and the creator will get 40 percent of the net amount that SOE receives from the sale.
“For the first time in SOE history, players will be able to build and sell their own items, truly creating a unique, customizable online marketplace within our games,” said John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment. “At SOE, we believe everyone is a gamer at heart, and our goal with Player Studio is to provide a platform on which our players can further explore their inner gamer while showcasing their passion for the games they love. We are looking forward to seeing our players’ creativity come to life in an entirely new way.”
The service will initially cover EverQuest and EverQuest II, but there are plans to expand it to cover Vanguard and Free Realms in the future.
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