SOE announced its next Everquest project in Las Vegas at the SOE Live Fan Faire today. The project has been kept secret from everybody except those actually working on it. This is the first I've seen of it.
Ronnie, if the thought of building stuff for SOE's games and generating income from it appeals to you, EQ Next is going to take that whole idea to the next level. Here's a link to the talk they gave:
(The talk is about an hour long. If you just want to hear about the assets-building part, skip to about the 39:00 mark.)
I think it looks pretty intriguing. It made me want to try building stuff with the tools they will be providing.