EverQuest and EverQuest II? We hope they never die. We have no intention of ever shutting those games down.
-David Georgeson, interview at IGN
I was just picking on Georgeson this week because of a quote from a year back about the idea that MMOs should never die. Of course, this week we saw SOE shut down two of them, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures and Free Realms.
CWA is understandable. That was a tie-in with a TV show and clearly had an expiration date. But Free Realms, that was all SOE’s to do with as they pleased. Ah well.
Still, I am more likely to take him at face value when it comes to talking about the EverQuest franchise, the bedrock on which SOE rests. SOE without Free Realms is still SOE. SOE without EverQuest though? I am not sure that is an actual thing that can survive in our universe. We’re fifteen years in and the game is still playable and getting new content.
So EverQuest forever and all that. At least I expect to see EverQuest hit 20.
But I still wonder how things will play out once we have EverQuest Next in the house… probably about when EverQuest hits 20 if we keep getting updates about it at the current rate.
Two EverQuests on the scene I can fathom, but three?
I suppose it depends on what the plan is. I am pretty sure SOE figured people would move from EverQuest to EverQuest II and they would shut that down in a couple of years. Instead, people either stayed with EverQuest because they were invested or, as like as not, ended up in WoW.
Is EverQuest Next expected to coexist with its two direct predecessors? Given recent history, how long can that last? And who goes into the night first?
Maybe they can recreate EverQuest on the EverQuest Next platform. You can say that it won’t be the same, but when has EverQuest ever stayed the same for long in the last 15 years?