What can only be seen as a great move, Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will start taking submissions of user created content for its MMORPGs. Not only that, but they will pay you for it too. The SOE Player Studio will allow fans to submit items for Everquest and Everquest II. There is also planned support for Free Realms and Vanguard in the near future.
Sony breaks it down here:
“SOE’s Player Studio program invites players to download sample geometry files for actual in-game objects and through the use of standard third party art tools, learn how to develop, design and personalize items of their own – from re-coloring and re-texturing, to reshaping an item’s geometry. Once complete, players are encouraged to name and create a description for their item, describe how the item will fit into the prospective game’s ongoing narrative storyline, and submit it to SOE for review and possible inclusion in the SOE Marketplace. If a player-created item is selected for inclusion in the SOE Marketplace, SOE will share 40% of the net amount it receives from the sale of the item with the player that created the item.”
In the FAQ’s section, Sony even recommends tools for artists interested in participating in Player Studio.
No word yet on how this will integrate with PSN, PS3 and PC respectively. Sony says the program is not officially running just yet, but will be revealing more details at SOE Live 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.
Check out the official SOE Player Studio website.