With the impending launch of PlayStation 2, the leadership at 989 Studios, the first-party software house of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), refocused the studio on PlayStation products in 1999. The PC games group that was headed by director of development John Smedley was then excised. Along with 56 other refugees, Smedley cofounded Verant Interactive to operate EverQuest, on which development had started three years earlier in 1996.
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