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Monday, February 20, 2012

Everquest Mac, Now With Eight Lives
Everquest Planes of Power

It is ironic that just a few weeks after I wrote about Everquest for the Mac, Sony officially announced that they are shutting down the server forever. Needless to say, the small cadre of loyal Macintosh players were quite upset.

Rumor was that Sony has decided that it cost too much to pay their support people to keep the old server running, especially since much of the anti-cheating code that was long ago written into the PC servers did not exist. To make matters worse, there was basically only one person who knew how to keep the client up and running, an unacceptable situation for any publicly available game platform.

The player base, in a desperate push to save the server, started a letter-writing drive. Soon after, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, the infamous John Smedley, responded with a personal apology and hints of the option of porting the current PC client to the Macintosh, allowing the Macintosh server to survive in an upgraded form.

Then the truly amazing happened: just a mere fourteen days after the initial shutdown announcement, John Smedley personally announces that the Mac server will be converted to free to play and kept up indefinitely.

It is not clear what changed this decision, but I doubt it was the passionate pleas of the player base alone. I imagine that someone decided that, perhaps, it might be worthwhile porting one or more Sony online games to the Macintosh, and that these loyal Macintosh players might be invaluable in any public relations push.

Posted at: 2:02 PM
Categories: Gaming