Just over 12 years ago, Mythic Entertainment launched Dark Age of Camelot (DAoC), an MMORPG that set the standard for massive PvP for years to come with its tri-realm RvR (Realm vs Realm) feature. This week DAoC celebrates its 12th anniversary with a retrospective from Mythic co-founder Rob Denton and celebratory RP, XP, and BP bonuses.

Everquest, the first popular 3D graphical MMORPG, hit the market in 1999 and was far more successful than anyone imagined.  We had been discussing the idea of a fully 3D MMORPG for a while and felt the time was right to start development in earnest.  DAOC was originally "Darkness Falls 3D" - a three realm, PvP game based on the Darkness Falls text based MUD.  Mark Jacobs, Mythic's President, developed the wonderful idea to use the popular myths around Arthurian, Norse and Celtic themes as the base story. We mixed together the server and three-realm RvR from Darkness Falls, the graphical client from Spellbinder, and the story around Albion/Midgard/Hibernia and a star was born!”

Read all about the history of DAoC’s development in Rob Denton’s Retrospective.

Sources: DAoC Retrospective, Bonus Event

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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016

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