It might be one of the oldest MMOs that you can still play, but Everquest’s developers argue that their game is in rude good health. In an interview at GDC, the game’s executive producer, Holly Longdale, said in an interview with PCGamesN that while partnerships with major platforms is a possibility, “we don’t need their help.”
Longdale said that “Steam doesn’t have any interest in our game, they get no benefit from elevating us at all.” That’s not necessarily an issue, however, as she went on to say “I hate to be shitty, but I don’t want to give them our money. We don’t need to, our players come to us, they come to Everquest.com.”
Longdale’s barb wasn’t just aimed at Steam, however, as she also says that “as for all the other services that are firing up […] I just don’t want to give anybody our money, frankly. Because we don’t need their help.” But even though these platforms might not offer a huge financial incentive, Longdale hasn’t fully ruled out working with them in the future.
“It’s food for thought,” she says. “I don’t know if we could do it like a huge nostalgia play.” When asked by a PR representative from Daybreak Game Company if that might include a launch on the Epic store, Longdale said “well, fuck it, yeah.”
There are, of course, issues with opening up such an old game to massive new markets. Longdale says that “we have to be mindful of how much we can support. We can support four times as many players as we used to on a per-server basis, but there’s an investment there in terms of people and hardware.”
Either way, Longdale says that “what I really want to do is challenge people. If you’re a real gamer and want to experience the OG from 20 years ago, come and play our game and see if you survive.”