Sony Online Entertainment's long-running MMORPG EverQuest, has been inducted into the Game Developers Choice Online Awards Hall of Fame. EQ joins Ultima Online, which in the early days of MMO's was its closest and toughest competition at the time. Surprisingly both games are still running. EQ was recognized for its contribution to the long-term advancements of online gaming, pioneering major shifts in the medium's development and video games as a whole. EverQuest introduced the concept of raiding within an online world and improved the concept of a guild.
EverQuest is no stranger to winning awards; it was a 2006 Walk of Game selection and 2008 Technology & Engineering Emmy Award. To date, EverQuest has released 17 expansions, spanning from The Ruins of Kunark in April 2000 to House of Thule in October 2010, with the new Veil of Alaris expansion set for later this year.
"When we set out to create EverQuest, many felt it was an unattainable stretch of the imagination. As it turns out, EverQuest exceeded even our wildest expectations. Twelve years later, we are about to release its 18th expansion, and have big plans for its future," said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. "We are incredibly proud of its impact on the industry and the community we have built. Tonight's honor is a testament to the hard working individuals who have contributed to EverQuest — both past and present."
Along with EverQuest's Hall of Fame induction, SOE's DC Universe Online has been nominated for Best Online Visual Arts, Best Online Technology and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures was nominated for Best Audio for an Online Game to be announced at the GDC Online 2011 Online Choice Awards.