In the pantheon of Sony Online Entertainment's
franchise, there is a whole family of MMOs gathered around the table every evening. There's Papa EverQuest
, looking a little wrinkled and worn but also radiating fame and authority. Next to him is Mama EverQuest II
, a powerful matron of entertainment if there ever was one. They look proudly down the table at a bassinet where Baby EverQuest Next
lies, cooing as it grows into the future generation of this family.
Then, in the next room over is a cabinet. The cabinet is locked. Inside that cabinet is a weird abnormality that certainly looks like a member of the family, but he hasn't seen the light of day in quite some time. He subsists on the scraps of an aging console and the fading loyalty of fans, hoping against odds that one day he'll be allowed out for a stroll or something. His name is Cousin EverQuest Online Adventures
, the EQ
MMO nobody mentions.
is a strange abnormality in SOE's lineup. While it was one of the very first console MMOs and heir to the EverQuest
name, it was quickly eclipsed in both areas by other games and left alone. Yet, against all odds, it continues to operate on the PlayStation 2, eight years and counting since its debut.
This month the Game Archaeologist
will crack open that cabinet and give this interesting MMO a few weeks of attention and care. I think it's about time, don't you?