EverQuest II fan news site EQ2Wire is closing its doors

If you’ve been even remotely active online about EverQuest II over the past nine years, you probably know EQ2Wire. It’s been a long-running and well-maintained fan site for that whole time, and it’s even occasionally had nice things to say about us. However, it’s over now; site maintainer Feldon announced on Friday that the site is calling it quits after its long run.

Why the change? Feldon cites both a number of other projects going on in his life (perfectly understandable) and a deteriorating relationship with Daybreak Games regarding the title. He also states that he no longer even plays the game, which means that his incentive to keep working on it is rather diminished. We’d like to thank Feldon for his long dedication to the title and wish him the best of luck in the future.

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Mewmew

“and a deteriorating relationship with Daybreak Games”

Someone still had a good enough relationship with Daybreak Games to have room for it to still deteriorate? Pretty amazing :D

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Winter

Used to use EQ2Wire when I played the game sad really I’ve lost any and all interest in DBG since EQN.

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Rheem Octuris

I used to love this site back when I played EverQuest 2 as my main game. I’m sad to see it go but was actually kind of surprised to see it was still around due to, you know, Daybreak being Daybreak.

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Tandor

My thanks to Feldon for the time, dedication and doubtless finances which he devoted to this project for so long, and always with an integrity that I got the impression wasn’t always reciprocated by SOE/DBG. I too no longer play EQ2 (or any DBG games as they’re no longer in the top tier so far as I’m concerned and the ProSiebensat.1 episode left a very bitter taste) but I do have fond memories of better times at EQ2 and Feldon’s site is a part of those memories. Best of luck in the future.

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rafterman

Daybreak is a disgrace of a company, and here I am stuck with 21,000 in their currency that’s basically useless.

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Denice J. Cook

Whaaaaaat? Jeez, well, I wish Feldon the best, thank him for all his dedication over the years, and appreciate his ongoing honestly concerning the title.

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Victor Morales

Please for the love of games, WB games pull your license for DCuO already so THEYbreak games can go under already.

They destroyed a legendary MMORPG IP….

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Jeff

Yeah I guess the question of was Jack Emmert the talent at Cryptic has pretty much been answered. DCUO is such a cringe worthy letdown these days….but the developer updates are at least worth some comedic value.

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Coolit

I stopped playing EQ2 a few years back but when I did EQ2Wire was a fantastic resource and it will be missed. Good Luck on future projects Feldon, I’m sure there are plenty companies out there that realise the importance of 3rd party sites.

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Castagere Shaikura

Ok wow this is a real shocker. I wish him well and that site was an amazing resource for the game to have. Man i hate it when long running fan sites like this close. Just like those old EQ2 fan podcast close down. Its like an end of an era.

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WHAO!!! HOLD ON… I have to let this sink in OMG.
Feldon’s site was without a doubt the finest goto site any MMO game could have ever wished for.
Feldon, EQ2 was once my home too, after years of searching i finally found a new one in SWL, amazing community, and tough content to master.

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Minimalistway

Any plans to archive the whole website? i’m sure there is content people want to keep around.

Morgan Feldon
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Morgan Feldon

EQ2Wire will stay preserved for many years to come.

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Sally Bowls

Another class response from what must be a class individual. /salute

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styopa

“…a deteriorating relationship with Daybreak Games regarding the title…”
What the serious hell?

Look, I understand, game companies are entitled to defend their brand. No problem there. But for cripe’s sake, when someone has been spending time & treasure to keep the reference site for your game updated FAR BETTER THAN YOUR CORPORATE CRAP RESOURCES you give them crap about using the name in an (AFAIK) entirely fair-use context?

C’mon. Recognize where your support is coming from, and try not to shit directly on those individuals in your pursuit of the short-term dollar, maybe?

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I don’t know the whole story with Feldon and Daybreak, but I can say (and indeed, have said on the podcast more than once) that Daybreak’s marketing and PR all but vanished after it became Daybreak and especially in the lead-up to the EQN meltdown (and after). Maybe it wasn’t that way for everyone, but certainly for those of us who’ve been critical of the company’s decisions — and also for those who’ve tried to ride out the storm (like MJ with her EverQuesting column). It’s only relatively recently that it’s seemed to me there’s been a shift back in the other direction. His frustration is widely felt, but at this point, it seems clear DBG has long since put its eggs into the H1Z1 and presumably DCUO basket.

Another sad day for the EverQuest family.

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Sally Bowls

that Daybreak’s marketing and PR all but vanished after it became Daybreak and especially in the lead-up to the EQN meltdown (and after)

I lament the state of affairs – both for the fans and the people who want to generate content for their game.

But are you suggesting that going dark was not the correct decision for DBG, Inc.? I don’t see how accurately communicating the situation would have made anyone happy. I think it would have cost them sales. In a time of layoffs, it is even more difficult to say they should have retained more PR people in order to talk about a less-than-exciting situation.

seems clear DBG has long since put its eggs into the H1Z1

It could be 20-20 hindsight, but I wonder if this decision was even made before the SOE/CN deal was finalized. Clearly, CN was not interested in investing enough in DBG to really turn around/revitalize EQx. So wasn’t a shrinking EQx ecosystem (devs, players, revenue) kinda inevitable from the start of DBG? Is the current outcome particularly surprising???

P.S. Regardless, getting snarky with one of your biggest and most vocal fans is dumb as well as tacky, especially when you don’t have an excess of supporters atm.

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Greaterdivinity

it seems clear DBG has long since put its eggs into the H1Z1

At this point, it feels like King of the Kill receives more effort, investment, and attention from DBG than the rest of their library combined.

They did a pretty poor job with their initial branding when it came to setting the tone for how they’d operate as a company, and it really appears to only have gotten worse since then. It’s so incredibly disappointing, and I’m legitimately worried about the futures for EQ1/2, especially EQ2. At this point I’d argue DBG as a brand, at least for the older MMO crowd that SOE more or less created, is dead or close to it : (

When stalwart cores of small community like EQ2wire close their doors, and are putting more effort into growing and sustaining the community than the developer itself, there are bigger problems at play.

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Sally Bowls

At this point, it feels like King of the Kill receives more effort, investment, and attention from DBG than the rest of their library combined.

Yeah, that sux. But isn’t that what one would expect? If I were an employee of DBG – where DBG’s performance is the difference between bonus or fired – why would I invest in EQx over KotH? KotH is bigger, in a better market, with newer tech internals. DBG is reducing its investment in EQx not because EQx is doing worse than WoW (an understatement) but because the EQx forecast is worse than KotH. Same for TSW losing to Conan Exiles or GW2 being an inferior financial investment than B&S but especially mobile.

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Morgan Feldon

It had devolved to name-calling. I had been considering moving on for a while, especially not being an active player which made writing articles rather more difficult. A recent unpleasant altercation made the decision for me. The key thing for me was to make sure that EQ2U could continue.

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Nathan Aldana

and even those baskets theyve made it clear they will abandon if theres ever any signs of faltering.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Been there few times even tho I dont really play EQ2.
Just checked latest updates and noticed picture of loot:comment image

Cheez, they really need to do stats pruning

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BalsBigBrother

Just going to say thank you to Feldon for his work which I very much enjoyed while I was active in EQ2. Hope your you other projects are just as successful and you have fun doing them.

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Neurotic

The end of an era! I shall sorely miss the ‘Wire.

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Duey Bear

I feel like this is another sign that the EQ franchise is being allowed to sputter out with nary a whimper. When dedicated people like this jump the boat, after nine years… Ugh, EQN could have done it, it hurts.

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Darthbawl

Wasn’t there a big stink on the official EQ2 forums, something about the DBG overlords nuking posts/threads about this?

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oldandgrumpy

Who would know as they deleted those as well :)

Last I looked they have allowed 2 posts to stay up but they are having a bit of excessive moderation going on there. New blood has taken over :)

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drelkag

I only played EQII for a few months after launch and I still know how big of a part the site played in the community. Props to him keeping it going so long after he stopped playing.

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Greaterdivinity

Damn, it had quite a good run but that’s disappointing. Hope someone else fills that space for them, because I know that’s where most of the EQ2 related news I ever saw was/was sourced from. Good luck to the cat that ran it, he did great work.

More and more it feels like the DBG legacy titles are being left to die alone and largely abandoned, at least outside of the progression servers which seem to take more focus than the live game. I say this as a super outside observer, so fr all I know I could be completely off-base, but that’s what it looks like to me : (

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Duane Does not check email

Good luck with new endeavors. That was a good site the time I spent with the game.

A life lesson hard to master – when to stay and when to walk away.

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Jack Pipsam

Nine years is a very strong and admirable innings.

I hope the site will remain up as an archive.

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Castagere Shaikura

Man this was the time when games had real hardcore fans that went out of their way to help people. Now all you get is utubers or twitchtv people who only help people that are already max lvl. They could care less about helping new players trying to get into the game.

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Sally Bowls

I wish EQx well, but the obvious and, like me, old joke is a ft4u: “They could care less about helping either of the new players trying to get into the game.”

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Paragon Lost

Bummer,but understandable on all points.

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