In 1999, I played EverQuest, but in 2003 I had to stop because it became too hardcore for the amount of time I could invest. A dozen other MMORPGs were released, all created in EverQuest’s image, including World of Warcraft and other big names. But nothing had that EverQuest feel to it, not even EverQuest II, which feels like a completely different game.
It’s 2012 as I’m writing this, and EverQuest’s true spiritual successor beckons: Vanguard, Saga of Heroes. This game went through a lot of drama and problems, a very bad launch back in 2007, many, many bugs and a quickly dwindling playerbase. But some of the Verant team is on board creating this game, and I think some of the biggest fans of this type of MMORPG still work at Sony Online Entertainment today. With the game going free to play, the development team has grown again, a lot of old bugs are being fixed and new areas and dungeons are opening up.
This is the perfect time for me to try it, five years late, and let you know how I’m doing.
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