Speaking to Strategy Informer at an event in London for SOE's 'Landmark' project, Nvidia's Head of Content Management (EMEAI) Phil Wright told us that the 'GFE' program had been going "really well", and that the active user count stood at 30 million as of the recent Games Developer Conference in San Francisco.
"75% of people (when you average it out) never touch the in-game settings. And why would you? Why would you know what Anti-Aliasing is? So GFE is going really well, we have 30 million active users as of GDC."
Sony Online Entertainment has a partnership with NVIDIA that goes back over a decade, to the days of the original EverQuest games. Upcoming titles EverQuest Next and the precursor project Landmark will be part of the GeForce Experience, and Wright told us that being involved with the games from an early stage meant that players will have a superior experience compared with other games.
"The profiles are obviously a big part of it. But the fact that we’re working with the guys on an almost daily basis, whenever they do something, they can send it to us and we can automatically build that into our testing procedure. GFE in that respect will always be updated = there may be a few days lag, but more or less it will always be on top of whatever the guys are doing."
Landmark was formerly known as 'EverQuest Next: Landmark', but has since changed its name and announced that it will soon be going into Closed Beta. It is a sandbox-creation game with MMO traits, which SOE are using to basically R&D and design EverQuest Next, with help from the community. Stay tuned for further coverage of Landmark.