Forever Questing

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Just because your favorite MMO doesn’t have millions of players doesn’t mean it’s going to go away.

Take EverQuest II. Sony Online Entertainment just announced a new update for the title, which will go live on April 17. Game Update 63: Skyshrine will introduce a new outdoor zone, a level-cap increase, several new instances, and more.

EQ2 launched just a couple weeks before World of Warcraft in 2004, and so never achieved the heights that were likely predicted for it. Yet it’s still going, seven-plus years and 62 (soon to be 63) updates later, which bodes well for pretty much any mid- to upper-level MMO. Other than Star Wars Galaxies, which was a special case, MMOs of any moderate status these days never seem to “die.” They might get smaller or have fewer updates/expansions, but it seems like you’re pretty safe playing just about any game out there and knowing it’ll be around for a good long while. Keep that in mind the next time your friends tell you your favorite game is going to die.