Everquest 2 was my first MMO. It was released back in 2004. Great game, had a great time playing it for nearly 10 years and revisit it from time to time. But it's in my brain died out and aion classic kinah became less than what it was back when I first started playing it. Everquest 2 had launched the Time Locked Expansion Server a couple of years ago. This was basically a WoW server on steroids. Servers would receive expansions quicker, but eventually get caught up to live. The server would then be rebuilt at a zero. It is worth noting that EQ2 has many more expacs than WoW , it also has an issue with quantity over quality.
While I know that EQ2 may not be as popular as WoW is, and has never been, I'm feeling the same vibes coming from WoW's community. Also, I think the way that Asmon views classic and live implies that the two games might be on the same path. Classic might turn into a TLE. It starts off fantastic, and everyone is in awe of the nostalgia. The excitement eventually disappears when people realize they don't have the same feelings now.
Another example of how TLEs can affect a game's player base is Archage's attempt to do the same. Aion, however, is attempting to get players back to enjoy the original basic version of the game.
It will be fascinating to see how Classic differs from the TLEs for Everquest or the versions of Archage, Aion. However it has been proven in the past that TLEs inEQ2 quickly die and there's less excitement for expansions. This is why Classic is not a suitable option for those who are the most committed players.
Also DayBreak, the company that is charge of EQ2 really doesn't seem to care about the player base as much as Blizzard does to WoW (aka, micro transactions, p2w mechanics and so on) and is using it as a cash cow to maintain afloat more than a way to draw back old players or attract new players to the game which is currently plagued by issues on live , and plagued with mechanical and number bloat.
It's hard to say what the maximum is, however I play on Siel server on Aion Classic and it's super bustling during the day as well as in the evening (I'm NA East). It's buy aion classic kinah eu an amazing experience, and it's highly populated by EU as well as NA players. I would recommend joining us.