If you’re going to interview one of the most notable names behind EverQuest and Vanguard, it helps if you also worked at SOE back in the day. Therefore, it’s great to see former EverQuest Game Designer Shawn Lord interview former EverQuest Producer Jeff Butler on his time with the MMO.
In this dense and fascinating three-hour interview, Butler speaks to his time on EverQuest as well as leaving SOE to work on Vanguard with Brad McQuaid. Following that experience, Butler came back to SOE to spearhead the eventually cancelled EverQuest Next.
Jeff Butler said that EverQuest Next’s potential haunts him still, saying, “Not a day goes by that I don’t regret seeing how successful that game could have been.”
Shawn also recently posted an interview with EverQuest and EverQuest II’s Tony Garcia:
As well as EverQuest’s Geoffery Zatkin: