Developer(s) Sony Online Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sony Online Entertainment
Platform(s) Windows, Mac OS X
16 March 1999
ESRB: T (Teen)
EverQuest, often shortened to EQ, is a 3D
fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online
role-playing game (MMORPG) that was re-
leased on the 16th of March, 1999. The ori-
ginal design is credited to Brad McQuaid,
Steve Clover, and Bill Trost. It was developed
by Sony’s 989 Studios and its early-1999
spin-off Verant Interactive. It was pub-
lished by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).
Since its acquisition of Verant in late 1999,
SOE develops, runs and distributes Ever-
EverQuest has earned numerous awards,
including 1999 GameSpot Game of the Year
and a 2008 Technology & Engineering Emmy
EverQuest II was released in late 2004.
Set in an alternate universe similar to that of
the original EverQuest, this "sequel" takes
place 500 years after the awakening of The
Sleeper. The game has also inspired a num-
ber of other spinoffs.
The game’s business model includes:
• Sale of an account key which allows a new
account to be created, or a trial account to
be made permanent.
• Sale of keys which allow accounts to be
upgraded to access the content in
expansions. Some keys allow access to
only an individual expansion, others to all
expansions up to a certain point in time.
The newest expansion, Seeds of
Destruction, includes access to all current
content including the original game.
• Subscription (by the month, quarter,
single year, or 2-years) that allow a
specific account to be active.
A software package is installed (by download
or from CD/DVD) on the player’s computer
which allows any player with an active mem-
bership to connect to the game content and
other players on the game servers of SOE.
As of December 2007, SOE offers free
14-day trial accounts which do not require a