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Wednesday, August 7, 2002

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SonyOnline Posts Everquest Mac FAQ
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

After a recent announcement that the popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) Everquest will be coming to the Mac, SonyOnline has posted an official FAQ regarding questions many Mac gamers have been asking. Such questions include pricing, release dates, system requirements, what will be included in the finished product, and of course, PC compatability. SonyOnline has explained their reason(s) to exclude Mac users from PC servers:

Mac users will play on servers expressly created for the Mac community. There are several reasons for this, but the most compelling are game play related. Since most of the Mac users will be first-time customers of EQ, they will receive the best value and enjoyment out of the game by starting on an “even playing field”, and not having to compete with PC users who have a substantial head start in time.

Also, over time we have continually made refinements to the play characteristics of the game, the rarity or abundance of certain items, etc. In deference to players who may have legitimately obtained an item before we considered it fully tuned, we often leave these in play on existing servers, even if they are slightly unbalanced. A fresh server set with existing rules provides the most balanced environment we can establish; and we feel the gains in enjoyment of playability outweigh the potential negatives.

We do understand there are a few Mac owners who also own PCs and are currently playing EverQuest, who would like to keep their PC characters and move them to Mac servers. Unfortunately for the reasons discussed here that would not seem to be fair to new Mac users playing for the first time.

For more answers, make sure to read up on the official FAQ. EverQuest for the Mac is slated to be on shelves Spring 2003.

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