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On March 16, 2024, EverQuest turned 25 years old. To celebrate the milestone, those responsible for Daybreak not only revealed what special events and gifts await all heroes of Norrath, they also provided insights into exciting statistics and records.

What number games have the developers released? The statistics collected by Daybreak cover the period from release (March 16, 1999) to the 25th anniversary day. Here are the most exciting nuggets of information:

  • Kiith is the character with the most playtime, having been online for more than 8,331 days (i.e. more than 22 of the total 25 years).
  • Over 25 years, more than 9.32 million characters have been created.
  • 84 of the characters created on launch day are still active today.
  • In EverQuest you can explore 880 zones and meet more than 439,000 NPCs.

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What does the community think about the numbers? On Reddit, the anniversary statistics were greeted with curiosity and amazement.

  • OrDuck 31 finds it “impressive” that 84 characters created on March 16, 1999 are still active.
  • IonHDG, in turn, wonders how it is possible to be online in EverQuest for more than 22 years in 25 years. User ahzzyborn has a clear opinion on this: “Some players simply stay logged in even when they are not playing to increase their playing days.”
  • Agares_Fraefolg, on the other hand, stumbled over the small number of characters created overall. Here too, the explanation is provided by the community: When EverQuest came out, MMORPGs nestled into a fairly small hardcore niche. In addition, the direct successor followed five years later.

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What's in store for me during the event? If you play EverQuest, you can enjoy the following bonuses and gifts:

  • 50 percent bonus experience until April 1, 2024
  • A Royal Silver Crown for each character – available until April 20, 2024
  • A Darkpaw Torch ornament for all characters for All Access members – available until April 20, 2024
  • One level 100 Heroic character per account for All Access members – available until April 20, 2024
  • One Goblet of Adventure II per account for All Access members – available until April 20, 2024

Additionally, the developers point out that some new content has landed on EverQuest's live servers this year, including new quests as well as a raid challenge. You can find more information in the EverQuest and EverQuest 2 roadmap for 2024

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