EverQuest’s 21st birthday includes agent system, level 85 boosts


Over at Daybreak’s Darkpaw Games, the EverQuest team is taking the MMO out to a bar for its first legal drink. After that? Expect a big 21st anniversary update come mid-March that includes freebies and a brand-new feature.

The freebie is a level 85 character, which will be granted to all subscribers. This will help get players in the zone for the Overseer system, which also starts at level 85. Overseers is a “passion project” from the team that lets players send out agents to do timed remote quests and bring back rewards, much like Star Trek Online’s duty officer system or RIFT’s minions.

What aren’t coming this March are the promised progression servers. The studio said that it’s aiming for a late spring or early summer rollout for these special ruleset shards. It also gave fans a heads-up that there will probably be server merges between now and then.


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The Overseer system has already rolled out in EQ2 as part of the BoL expansion. Like the expansion it came with there have been a host of bugs and shortcomings.

The Overseer was also tacked on to EQ2’s classic TLE server, for no good reason, other than to try to shake the tree and grab a few more sales, since it still does not work there. Currently it ‘rewards’ vast, bag filling quantities of utterly undesirable low level harvested items, most of which were removed from the game in 2007.

The Overseer system is powered up by items which you can buy in the cash shop.

It requires no interaction with the game world and consists of clicking one button to get a reward in a few hours. It is an exceedingly simplistic box matching minigame.

This is not a passion project. This is bad management looking for the cheapest possible development cycle without reference to the interest of the players or the history of the IP.

Happy 21st EQ, I hope you get a new management team for your birthday.

Oleg Chebeneev

“Passion project” my ass. Cheap copypaste of mechanics from other MMOs that barely anyone likes, and whose sole role is to drag players back to the game.