EverQuest games is one of the iconic games of most of our childhood. The game series was first released in 1999. It was a big success and 20 years later the game is still getting small expansions and has a healthy community and a fanbase. Of course, the game was developed by Sony Online Entertainment, however, this company became Daybreak Games later. Daybreak Games today is a very important company in the gaming world. Titles like H1Z1 and PlanetSide all developed by Daybreak Games. The game was so popular players boycotted the game to force the developers to fix the issues with it, and that was one of the first times the developers met the crushing power of the gaming communities. Well after EverQuest’s success we saw World of Warcraft rise and those were the golden days of MMORPGs.
Fast-forwarding several years later we saw EverQuest 2. The game was a moderate success and it is still getting expansions as well. However, there was a giant like WoW in the market and even though EverQuest 2 was an improvement it did not get the recognition it should have. Still, the game had 325,000 subscribers during 2005. Then we saw EverQuest Next news, the game was coming at the decline of WoW however it never did. Apparently for technical reasons EverQuest Next was canceled. Fans of the franchise thought that maybe there will never be another EverQuest game.
However, there is still hope for a new EverQuest game. Daybreak Games broke down into 3 different gaming companies in order to facilitate a more focused approach to their different IPs. Darkpaw Games will focus on EverQuest games. After canceling the last EverQuest game we did not have any info about what might come next. Darkpaw Games announced their motto as “Darkpaw’s mission is to continue to expand upon the unique and amazing fantasy adventure that is EverQuest and EverQuest II and develop the next innovation for the franchise”. This means that there will be a next EverQuest game. However, most probably they also want to wait for the PlayStation 5 release after all EverQuest next was supposed to be on consoles as well.
Because going to consoles is natural for MMO’s these days. It triples your existing market and if it comes as a free-to-play it will get downloaded much more than PC players. Also in an AMA thread in the forums, the developers stated that there is definitely a future for EverQuest but currently we cannot give you the specifics. The developers also stated that ” In the past few years the team tried to define what makes EverQuest the game we all love and these are classic high fantasy and community dependency”. They have also stated that EverQuest will never be a solo game like other MMOs and you will need friends to play with. EverQuest 3 is probably in works and we cannot wait to see what does Darkpaw Games have for us with 2020 capabilities.