No, it’s no myth! Daybreak actually did acknowledge Project1999 the famous player made classic Everquest server. Daybreak approached Project1999 regarding their upcoming Progression Server (Expected to be launched June 2015 with a beta testing too) by reaching an agreement (or maybe enforced?) to delay the release of Velious expansion which had been in BETA testing phase for more than a year at Project1999.
As quoted here:
f you’ve ever looked for people playing EverQuest on Twitch, you’ll often find fans playing on the Project 1999 servers (often referred to as just P99) and engaging with other members of the community via their Twitch chat. Project 1999 is a fan-based, not-for-profit, classic EverQuest emulation project.
The guys running Project 1999 are passionate fans of EverQuest and our work, and we’re fans of what they’ve been able to accomplish with support from the player community. So, we’d like to bring you the following announcement from the P99 crew:
“It’s been an exciting year for Project 1999 and we have some exciting news we’ve been really anxious to share with all of you. As some of you may be aware, in the past there has been both confusion and concern over the status of Project 1999. We have recently entered into a written agreement with Daybreak Game Company LLC that formally recognizes Project 1999 as a fan based, not-for-profit, classic EverQuest emulation project. The agreement establishes the guidelines that we as a project must follow, but it will allow to us continue to update the game without risk of legal repercussions. As a show of good faith to support the efforts of Daybreak Games, we have decided to reschedule our expansion release as to not conflict with the upcoming new progression server being released in the coming weeks. We would like to personally thank all the folks at Daybreak and acknowledge how awesome it is for a company to work with and embrace the creations of their fans. This is really something that’s unique in the gaming industry.”
To read the rest of the post, please visit the P99 forums.
We’re proud that the EverQuest community is one of the most passionate and engaged groups of players in the gaming world. We’re glad we were able to reach an agreement with the team behind the fan-based, not-for-profit emulation project as they continue to share their love of EQ with many.
SONY online Entertainment never touched their fans with an unforeseen positive move like this one. Could this be a new era for Everquest? i personally think Daybreak will change Everquest in a way SONY failed to even dream about. So far i feel very positive about Daybreak, but time will tell if i’m right or wrong. 🙂