Leaderboard: What’s the most vulnerable Daybreak MMO in 2018?

It’s tradition around here to take stock of Daybreak’s MMO offerings every year, thanks to the fact that one of the first big stories we did after moving from Massively-that-was to MOP centered on Daybreak’s massive transition from SOE and then round upon round of layoffs, way back in 2015. Last year, we counted it out: Daybreak has now shut down approximately 16 games, most of them in the last few years – more than most studios will ever launch.

In 2015, you all thought Dragon’s Prophet was the most vulnerable game in the stable. You were right; it shut down, at least on this side of the pond, that same year. Last year, however, you suspected PlanetSide 2 was most likely to crumble, but instead, the game is still going and picked up a largish patch toward the end of the year. How about this year? Has anything changed with the company that once won best studio four years in a row thanks to its one-time reputation for keeping beloved MMORPGs going? Which Daybreak MMO do you think is most vulnerable now?

Leaderboard: Which Daybreak MMO is most vulnerable in 2018?

  • DCUO (11%, 54 Votes)
  • EverQuest (5%, 23 Votes)
  • EverQuest II (7%, 36 Votes)
  • H1Z1 (the artist formerly known as H1Z1 King of the Kill) (6%, 29 Votes)
  • Just Survive (the artist formerly known as H1Z1 Just Survive) (20%, 103 Votes)
  • PlanetSide 2 (14%, 69 Votes)
  • The Standing Stone MMOs (7%, 34 Votes)
  • The unannounced game (7%, 36 Votes)
  • All of the above (21%, 106 Votes)
  • None of the above (3%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 503

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Alex Malone

I didn’t think the H1Z1 games were MMOs?

Anyway, voted DCUO, as whilst it is probably one of their most popular, I imagine the license fees are probably pretty steep so it may simply be too much to make it profitable.

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Jack Pipsam

While I imagine Planetside 2 would be put into a maintenance mode for a long time before actually switching off the servers, it feels like that team struggles a lot with updates.

Although they still have the Australian server up and running, so they’re don’t seem to be on their final knees either. But I guess it just depends what the in and outflow of revenue looks like.

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mysecretid

I’ve got to agree that it’s a toss-up. DC Universe Online may hold on the longest, simply because the DC superhero franchise appeal extends beyond tradiional gamers, but who knows?

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Max Sand

A year ago we didn’t think the once Mighty SOE could fall much farther, then 2017 happened. It would almost be less painful if they just closed up shop entirely(for me, not for their staff). When they finally kill Everyquest entirely, It will be like when a long suffering family member, once vibrant and healthy, cared for in a terrible nursing for the last decade or so, gets the plugged pulled. EQ will finally be at peace. I really hoped the split from Sony and Smed leaving would improve things, but clearly they are not getting better. King of the Kill propped it up for a while but with PubG’s dominance in the space, I’m not sure SOE/DBG has another year left in her, and it might be time to start making funeral arrangements.

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Sorenthaz

Just Survive, Planetside 2, and Everquests seem like the most susceptible. DCUO seems to be the only MMO that’s getting regular sizable updates still.

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Bryan Correll

Is there really an unannounced game? If so they probably won’t even announce it getting shelved.

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agemyth 😩

Just Survive is next. They finally got around to releasing real new patches with content and all that, but they will not see enough return in the form of new players or reengaged old players to justify paying to keep that game alive.

They are probably most concerned about keeping H1Z1 relevant in our post-PUBG market. The Just Survive team could be helping with that instead.

Planetside 2 is still great fun and has no direct competitor in the market. The PS4 version is also healthy and fun. All the attention on Battle Royale games probably does not help Planetside, but those games have nothing on the crazy things that pop off in good Planetside 2 battles.

If they go the route of shoehorning Battle Royale modes in their other games, I think that could work in Planetside as well :P The tech for airdropping dozens to hundreds of players in the same area with crazy vehicles and stuff going on is mostly in that game already.

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Tandor

It might be more interesting to discuss which one is the least vulnerable!

Even more interesting would be to ask how many MOP readers care any more? SOE’s communication skills were bad, DBG’s are simply non-existent. I suspect most readers have long accepted that and moved on.

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Duey Bear

I see all of them at risk, but I think the unannounced title is going to get cut, especially if it has market promise knowing Daybreak.

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Paragon Lost

Pretty much sums up my frame of mind.

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Slaasher

Sorry the day after they closed Landmark I uninstalled 5 Daybreak games and never looked back. Frankly i don’t care what happens to them or their games. And I was a massive SOE/ EQ fanboi since 1999.
In fact, I think that should have been an option.

– do you care?

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Veldan

I don’t think any of these are more vulnerable than the others. That said, I don’t think they’re completely out of danger either, so I voted “All of the above”.

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David Goodman

Gul’Dan voice: “EVERYTHING!”

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Hirku

Gul’Dan / Old’man duet:

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Greaterdivinity

Honestly, I don’t think any are particularly vulnerable now. I would have said Just Survive, but given their recent reinvestment announcement I think that one is safe, at least in the short term. But I have no doubts if the reinvestment doesn’t pay off that they’ll axe it and simply focus on H1Z1.

The only other ones that stick out are Planetside 2 and EQ2, but I think that’s more a reflection of me being “out” of both games and neither one doing much in the way of proactive external communication nowadays. So without doing much of a deep dive it’s difficult to tell how each game is doing. EQ2 is still getting expansions, but it’s long seemed the “less favored” child of the EQ franchise. And Planetside 2 is still around and getting periodic updates, but honestly I’m not sure how far behind the PS4 version is compared to PC nowadays (was pretty far behind last I played a few years back) and stuff like the Xbox One version continues to be nowhere more than 2 years after they announced it.

Given this I’m voting none of the above, since none really stick out (which is kinda a good thing!) Surprised to see so may votes for DCUO though, that’s been the steady, quiet success over there for years. Still impress that they were the only team that managed to make it through the deep layoffs almost entirely unscathed (I think they lost one person), even if it continues to be frustrating that the PC version is so janky and lacks “basic” shit like anti-aliasing and a proper borderless windowed mode.

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starbuck1771

I selected all of the above. I am sure that Columbus Nova is hurting for money and that will eventually hit it’s Subsidiaries including DBG. So at that point things become unpredictable and anything can happen including shutting down EQ their oldest game or their newest game. The only games that are safe are the ones making a profit if they have any.

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Melissa McDonald

D&B says -114% revenue. Edit: Not posting anything they could sue me for.

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silverlock

And you just killed their revenue forecast.

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Serrenity

Haven’t been able to bring myself to play a Daybreak game since the connections to the Kremlin came to light

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Armsbend

???

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Xijit

Columbus Nova is actually a Russian natural gas umbrella corp with money ties to both organised crime and the Russian government.

… Not at all kidding on that …

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Armsbend

Thank you! Sounds great!

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Doubleplusgood

Wow Google Columbus nova and it’s very interesting I never realized.

A Putin-Friendly Oligarch’s Top US Executive Donated $285,000 to Trump

CEO of columbus nova also donated 285K to Trump .
Ok well I’m never supporting a daybreak game again.

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Bruno Brito

My god.

Great, now i can’t even look at Everquest 2 the same way.

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Doubleplusgood

I’m in the same situation. I’ve got an eq2 account with several years of playtime.
But how can I play again knowing where the funds go and what I am indirectly supporting.
Who knew playing an mmo would have political world affecting consequences?

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Xijit

Dey-break-games has been trying to drown the Just Survive side of the H1Z1 Siamese Twin since the buy out … PS2 is probably a high risk too, but I think they want to try to recover the money they put into the Xbox port first.

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Jack Pipsam

PS2 never came to Xbox, only DCUO did.

I think Smed wanted to bring PS2 to Xbox, but I think the PS4 version flopped hard so they never bothered.

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