is ten years old today - yippee! The Sony Online Entertainment MMO was first launched back on March 16-17 1999, going on to become one of the first truly successful MMORPGs out there.
Not only that, but EverQuest
was also one of the first truly 3D MMO worlds and is widely regarded as one of the main inspirations for Blizzard's World of WarCraft
. Since March 1999 EverQuest
has been in continual operation, never once being totally taken offline according to Sony's press release.
To celebrate the apparently momentous event, Sony has announced the dates of the next Fan Faire event - a convention for EverQuest
players that will take place at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas later this year. The event is currently set to take place from the 25th and 29th of June.
The event will be bigger and better than ever before too, with Sony promising a huge birthday party and a community address from Sony boss John Smedley, along with the usual tournaments and roundtables.
There's set to be a number of in-game events to celebrate the birthday too, with plenty of free loot given away and a series of retrospective essays that examine the history of the MMO. Apparently, Sony Online's home town of San Diego even announced that yesterday was the Official Sony Online Day too - which is pretty unusual.
Over 12 million people have been adventuring in EverQuest
over the years - let us know if you were one of them in the forums