Former PS2 producer: ‘Don’t hate on Daybreak’

After yesterday’s news it’s understandable that fans of Daybreak Games‘ software lineup might be somewhere between nervous and upset. Former PlanetSide 2 producer David Carey took to Reddit yesterday to caution against some of those feelings, stating that neither Daybreak nor Columbus Nova (the investment group backing the former Sony Online Entertainment) deserves the ire or animosity of players. Carey explains that far from being the villains of the piece, both groups are simply doing what they should be, upsetting though it may be.

“The fact is, there are no (or at least, extremely few) permanent gaming jobs,” says Carey, saying that while several people lost their jobs, many of them will be in new jobs in very short order. High turnover is simply one of the perils of the industry, he argues; Columbus Nova and the shakeup of what was once SOE was necessary, something that the ur-studio had needed for quite some time. He goes on to state that if you enjoy the games, you should continue subscribing and playing rather than place blame at a company’s feet.

[Source: Reddit, Via: EQ2Wire]
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ManastuUtakata  Spot on.

hults2
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hults2

Yes, gaming has high turnover. That is definitely the nature of the beast. What game design does not have is a policy of flushing people down the sewey hole. that’s entirely down to corporate boneheadedness. Just ask the eighty odd people shown the door when NCSoft axed Paragon Studios in the name of greater profits. that was a decision not based at al on games design or job security.

How much content could EQ2 produce with a staff of ten people? Probably a lot more if they got the salaries of the six idle board members who should be fired instead .

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Did anyone read Feldon’s “It didn’t have to be this way” article on EQ2Wire?  One of the questions the EQ2 team was apparently asked was how much content they could come up with on a staff of ten people….

Observer98
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Observer98

Does anyone know of a larger entity buying up an MMO studio where the studio didn’t go downhill afterwards?  Mythic?  Bioware?

SteinarB
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SteinarB

Gylnne Midgetsnowman Golden_Girl  Corporate restructuring is a terrifying phrase if you’re a corporate employee.  It usually means some upper level management ogre’s bonus is dependent on slashing expenses. And you as an employee are an expense in their eyes.

smiffy816
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smiffy816

So they have already stripped three studios in the past, has Carey done his research? I think not. Death to CN!

bardamu1999
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bardamu1999

Do not drink the Kool-Aid.  That is all.

Schipperz
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Schipperz

Seeing it happening directly after the deal, this was quite clearly part of it. 
Leaves a little sour taste in my mouth, then again SOE / Sony made the decision so everybody was on board / knew about it before hand. And it would have been a bad decision to tell this along with the announcement from a PR perspective.

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

Help me Dominobi-wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.

Mathew_Reuther
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Mathew_Reuther

Remianen Who would buy one of the longest-running MMOs? Quite a few people, if the price were tolerable. We have zero clue how much CN paid at this point. Given how big of a hurry Sony has been in to divest of their “non-core” divisions, it may have been a song, figuratively speaking.
As for bringing up a couple of wholly unrelated properties as evidence that CN somehow has it in their heads that they’re going to do anything but run an MMO company or chop one up, I have no idea what to say. Bully for you if you think that’s got anything to do with this. Castle’s not working with the force anymore, I guess it’s up to you, Ryan. :P