Earn EverQuest II Rewards in New Facebook Game
Fortune League is available now in an Alpha version as a Facebook application, and includes the nice feature of awarding you with nice in-game prizes for your EQII account. The game, a joint venture between Sony Online Entertainment and developer Fastpoint Games, is some kind of competitive social game where the player primarily is concerned with buying and selling “heroes” with various stats, who automatically get up to some text-based trouble.
As you form a party of heroes, you’ll change members in and out to earn points — it seems basically like a stock exchange game, with different heroes’ value rising and falling based on what people are purchasing. Each week is a “quest,” and certain heroes are better suited than others for each one. The idea is to purchase heroes you need for quests ahead of time when they’re cheap, then sell them later.
Having fired up Fortune League for a few minutes to get a sense of it, I can say that it seems…complex, at least at first. Why couldn’t SOE just do Bejeweled with a flux capacitor behind it, like Tell Tale?
Here’s what the official press release has to say:
The social media strategy game brings players the lore and adventure of EQII in real time by integrating performance data such as damages, deaths and healings directly from the MMO environment and utilizes it to form Hero Stats. Fortune League also rewards players’ abilities to assess quests, hero performance, situational threats and other players’ actions in a live trade market and compensates leaders with points, cosmetic upgrades and prizes that can be used in the free-to-play and subscription versions of EQII.
So like I said: a stock exchange game, but with your stocks potentially going off and doing things. This must be that innovation Gabe Newell was talking about. Here’s a screen: