Landmark is shutting down on February 21

Sad news for fans of Landmark who were happy to see it have its own life after the closure of EverQuest Next; Daybreak has announced that the Landmark servers will be shutting down on February 21st of this year. The game only formally launched in June of 2016 after a prolonged testing period, so it didn't even quite make it to a full year of operation.

The FAQ accompanying the shutdown also torpedoes any hopes players might have regarding private servers, as Daybreak will not be releasing the source code or reimbursing players who have purchased Daybreak Cash for use with the title. The game's site and forums will also be shuttered along with the game, so if you want to keep in touch with friends afterward, make sure to get contact information sooner rather than later. It's a sad day for the last part of a project, and our condolences go out to fans and staff members affected by the sudden and unexpected shutdown.

Source: Official announcement, Forum announcement; thanks to everyone who sent this in.
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TrueGamer99
TrueGamer99

I think to almost everyone that ever "played" Landmark, this comes as no surprise whatsoever.

HappyDwarf
HappyDwarf

Well, they are publishing LOTRO and DDO now. Maybe if they mantain EQ, EQ2 and DCUO they can go on steadly and focus on their new unannounced project.

TrueGamer99
TrueGamer99

@HappyDwarf They must be doing backflips at the prospect of getting their hands on new games they can destroy.

Chukii
Chukii

Ok now this i did not see coming! Good thing i washed my hands of this company the minute they took over from sony, nothing but nad news coming from that corner...

MCBarkingSpoon
MCBarkingSpoon

That zombie actor on Daybreak's site must be like "Get me off the front page! My friends have wanted to kick my ass for awhile now, my girlfriend broke up with me and my cat ran away!"

Zipzopzippitybop
Zipzopzippitybop

Landmark reminds me of Star Citizen. Is it released yet? What are these modules? Are they separate games that will be released before the actual game? It all smells like vaporware, like EQNext/Landmark did.

Pesko
Pesko

If you ignore all facts completely, I can see how someone could compare the two.

Satyros
Satyros

I have NEVER been so happy to hear of the death of a game.
Great news. Congratulations to everyone that helped boycott this poor excuse of a cash-grab.
Deybreak will serve its purpose well as an example to avoid for the days to come.
Deybroke it, webroke them.

TrueGamer99
TrueGamer99

@Satyros The game was never even good enough to boycott. It died from simple lack of interest since it had so little to keep anyone entertained for more than a week or two.

Greyraven
Greyraven

I hope they start shopping Daybreak on The street anything to save their rest of their portfolio.

morganfeldon
morganfeldon

@Greyraven There was no point in saving Landmark. It required a supercomputer. The tools had been ruined by patch after patch. The harvesting and crafting was dull as dishwater (it used to be really deep at the beginning). You literally could not place a building you made 2 years ago into the game today without texture smearing and corruption. And the whole point of Landmark was as an SDK for the cancelled EQNext. Why keep an SDK around that had 120 active players at peak time?

syberghost
syberghost

@morganfeldon @Greyraven because if they'd finished those tools, including the quest creation stuff, and then optimized things, we'd have built them an MMO in it. We'd have PAID THEM to let us build them an MMO in it.


All they had to do was finish the tools.


apmartinez765
apmartinez765

Aaaaaand Daybreak shits all over us again.....yeah...........................

Dread1313
Dread1313

I'm surprised it took this long to be honest. This game was extremely niche'. Hate on my comment but every single person I talked to IRL about this game was all like "Huh? Landshark? What game is that?"

Zariarn
Zariarn

Just change your names to Sunset Games already.  Good grief.

MadMadChuck
MadMadChuck

Daybreak might as well shutdown entirely. No way I'd buy any game with their name on it after this.

TrueGamer99
TrueGamer99

@ohforfs You want to line up some blocks of time for your therapist then because I seriously doubt EQ is going to survive beyond the current decade. If it survives 2017, I'd be more surprised than not.

ohforfs
ohforfs

@MadMadChuck I am really scared of this happening and I think there is a chance of it. My main game is everquest and I would be devastated if it shut down - I have spent so much of my life there since 1999. It would be like losing a part of myself.

mysecretid
mysecretid

Not surprised, but it still sucks that Daybreak can't seem to handle any of the former Sony products gracefully.


When I think about what they've brought to gaming versus what they've taken away, the snarky side of me wonders if they should change their name to "Sunset Games".


My condolences to those who enjoyed Landmark.

Qarran
Qarran

Another thought.  Why are things like this so poorly handled by Daybreak?  Yeah, it may be a no win situation, but there are ways to do this that don't alienate so many people.  


As someone mentioned below why not give players more time after the announcement?  Why not make it a send off instead of a shut down?  Why don't they allow players to run their own servers?  In fact, why don't they turn it over to players as a method of not only showing good will, but keeping players engaged and maybe creating a new way to monetize a service?


Let's be honest, this will be barely a blip in the gaming world at large.  But for potential customers like people that frequent this site is an open wound even if we don't all play Landmark.  The reputation they are creating precedes itself.  

Beacon
Beacon

@Qarran I would imagine they can't hand over the source code to the community because a significant part of it is the Voxel Farm engine, which is licensed technology. It's not all in-house tech to which they own the IP rights.

Ket_Viliano
Ket_Viliano

@Qarran  Surely, somewhere in Russia, an investor in a pin stripe suit knows the answer to your question.

It's just that he does not care to answer.

apmartinez765
apmartinez765

@Qarran Mostly because of their owners are a holding company that famous for Flipping properties and killing anything that not very profitable good for business terribad for players 

Tizmah1
Tizmah1

Once the H1Z1 fad dies out (which it already is)  I don't know what this company will do. ( I guess fold?)

morganfeldon
morganfeldon

@Tizmah1 There are two H1Z1 games. The zombie one (H1Z1: JS) is on the cusp of being shut down. The first person shooter (H1Z1: KotK) which has nothing to do with zombies is making money hand-over-fist. It's making more money than EQ and EQ2.

Elven_Seraph
Elven_Seraph

They milked it for all they could and time to move on.  It will be the same with every title they own.  Everquest deserves better, I hope someone reputable buys it, I would play again.

Anatidae
Anatidae

@Elven_Seraph Ironically, if you actually DID play Everquest Daybreak would have that much more revenue to keep their games running. 


The truth is - we don't go back and play EQ or spend monthly subs on it. And that fact will be the reason it also eventually closes down. 

Dread1313
Dread1313

@Anatidae @Elven_Seraph They kind of have to motivate players to actually WANT to come back you know. People dont pay for services they don't care about "just because".

Jigawatts
Jigawatts

@Elven_Seraph The only Everquest I play is Project 1999 (sporadically), I couldnt even fathom playing the game as it stands today.

pepinocantador
pepinocantador

I strongly, and sadly, suspect this will not be the only game closure article we read about Daybreak this year. I suspect most of the mainline MMOs are on the chopping block, especially when looking at Daybreak's 'careers' page... 1 person for PS2, a slew for H1Z1, and the rest are for an 'unannounced project.'


I think we can just call now that the 'unannounced project' will be a cash in attempt as either a MOBA, or an Overwatch-esque team shooter.

Satyros
Satyros

@pepinocantador It will be mobile since that's where the easy money can be made. And it will be a shameless cash-grab.

RolanStorm
RolanStorm

So LotRO and DDO? *shakes head* Too bad.

ruthlesspno1
ruthlesspno1

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL They Break games proving the name. 

rottenrotny
rottenrotny

And people though Smedley was bad...

MesaSage
MesaSage

It won't be me, but I'll push it along so somebody can have comment number 500.

JeremiahWagner
JeremiahWagner

ROFL!!!!! Wow Daybreak is the worst company EVER. Seriously what a money grubbing pile of crap company.

d0ub1ep1u5g00d
d0ub1ep1u5g00d

Note to self - Never buy a game made by Daybreak


Lemonhead78
Lemonhead78

I have to say, I am not surprised. They burnt a lot of people when they cancelled EQNEXT. I was one of the fools that paid $100. I was so excited thinking that I would get to see some of EQNEXT's development, but from completely different vantage point. I so wanted to explore the world and find player creations and later seeing what made it into the main game.

What I played of it was OK. I hear the most recent version is much better to what I played, but there was no point. My primary reason for buying it was no longer there.

It (and Archeage) are why I know longer do early access or founder packs.

Zeplini
Zeplini

@Lemonhead78 I was one of the fools as well, and the last year with this and eqnext is why I will never touch Daybreak games again

mysecretid
mysecretid

@Zeplini @Lemonhead78 

I don't think you guys are fools -- you bought in good faith when Sony was running the show.

It wasn't anyone who bought in who betrayed that faith.

Lemonhead78
Lemonhead78

Thx man (or woman)! Yeah. Just stings and I was so excited for the opportunity at a new EQ experience.

Lemonhead78
Lemonhead78

Edit: It (and Archeage) are why I NO longer do early access or founder packs.