Venerable poster child of the MMO genre EverQuest is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and it just recently announced a cavalcade of events to commemorate the occasion, but it’s not the only EQ-family birthday being celebrated. EverQuest II turns 15 toward the end of this year, and it’s getting in on the festivities as well. Around March 16th, the anniversary events will kick off with “unique in-game content in the Plane of Mischief and a new progression server,” the exact rules of which will be announced closer to March.
But that’s not all: Next week, the Daybreak Games team will be kicking off the beta of the new Nagafen event server, which will feature “revamped-back-to-old-school PvP” with “a seasonal approach.” And of course, there’s even more slated for EQII’s actual birthday this November, as well as a new expansion “that will take [players] to a whole new unexplored location of lore and legend.” That’s all the devs are willing to say on the subject this early on, but that should be enough to get the speculation engine turning.
To close out the announcement, Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale takes a moment to assure players that the devs are fully dedicated to continuing to support EQII with new adventures. It’s been a rough time for Daybreak lately, and many fans — including our own MJ Guthrie — have expressed concerns about the game’s future. According to Longdale, however, everything’s going to be just fine. Whether that will hold up to the coming months, however, we’ll have to wait and see.