When March 16th rolls around this year, it will be important for two reasons. The first is that this date will mark the 20th anniversary of the classic MMORPG EverQuest, and the second is that it’ll be the starting gate for a new chapter of EverQuest adventures.
Specifically, progression servers. Daybreak is rolling out a pair of progression servers next month for those looking to reroll and go through the game again, one expansion at a time. While both servers are “truebox” shards (meaning that no multiboxing will be permitted), the Selo shard will feature faster XP gain while the Mangler server will see slower XP gain and more XP loss upon death. As with EverQuest’s other progression servers, players will need to be subscribed to access them.
The community’s reaction to these server announcements has not been entirely positive. Critics of Daybreak’s plan here have issues with the rate of server unlocks, the lack of multiboxing, and the perceived catering to hardcore raiders over casuals. “The point of a casual server is not to get to the next expansion as quickly as possible,” one player noted. “It is so that people [who] are busy and cannot play frequently get to explore the game as it unfolds at a much slower pace.”