Happy birthday, sweet sixteen! That’s the song going through the air this week as EverQuest celebrates its latest claim to fame: membership in an exclusive club of MMORPGs old enough to get a license in the US. And while some might argue that 16 actually indicates old age in gaming, EQ bounded through the year with the zest and confidence of a young whippersnapper, showing no intention of slowing down. Even the infamous SOE changes didn’t completely derail the momentum, as evidenced by a hearty multi-month party schedule to celebrate the occasion.
This past year has certainly had its ups and downs. Will EQ be able to keep up the momentum throughout this next year in light of recent events? That’s the million-dollar question, and many are eagerly awaiting the answer! While time will certainly supply it, let’s take this moment to look back and then enjoy the party going on right now.
You know me: I’ve been quite the supporter of EverQuest Next and Landmark for a good long while. Even before writing about EQN these past few years, I was following its development, and I got to be one of the first ever to find out about and actually get my hands on Landmark. I’ve been at the SOE Live reveals, I’ve talked with the devs on numerous occasions, and I’ve seen their great passion and dedication to the games — and I’ve been relaying all that info to you. It’s no secret that I believe in this franchise. So when I say that all these recent developments give me pause, you can understand the gravity of my feelings. I certainly don’t make this statement lightly.
Is EverQuest Next in trouble? I think it is. At the same time, cries of doom and gloom are unwarranted.
It’s been quite a week! And not just for Massively Overpowered. Right as our original site was sunsetting, SOE announced that it was bought out and would be doing business under the new moniker Daybreak Games Company. Talk about shaking things up! Breaking free of Sony and going under the umbrella of an investment firm is just a wee bit of a change, and it is one that understandably had players nervous about future of the studio’s games. What will happen to the older titles like EverQuest and PlanetSide? What about those in development like EverQuest Next and H1Z1? CEO John Smedley assured players via Twitter that all the games will continue on. Time will tell. However, there was one immediate casualty in this whole changeover: SOE Live. And then in a huge punch to the fan gut came many more casualties in the form of multiple dev layoffs.
What will this all mean for players? As far as the convention side of things, a group of fans refuse to let 2015 go by without an annual gathering of
SOE Daybreak Games players and is organizing a summer get-together. But will we even have games to celebrate come summer?