The Daily Grind: What do you think about Daybreak Game Company?

    
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You know, for some reason we didn’t have a whole lot of discussion about the Sony Online Entertainment buyout and name change when it first happened. We posted about it, but we never had a chance to ask our readers about it or have a round of staff opinions. That reason probably had something to do with our own huge and sudden changes that sort of forced their way to the forefront, so we’re hoping you can forgive us for that lapse in discussion. The world is a crazy, crazy place sometimes.

But the fact remains that Daybreak Game Company is a thing now, and that’s a big change for everyone who plays anything from EverQuest to H1Z1. Not to mention that yesterday saw a big news drop with several big names getting laid off by the studio unexpectedly. So whether you’re an ardent fan of the old SOE or just someone looking forward to EverQuest Next, we ask you: What do you think about Daybreak Game Company? Do you feel hopeful? Concerned? Do you just not care for the name? What do you think the future holds for the studio and its roster of MMOs?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Saerain
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Saerain

RodneySpearsII paragonlostinspace The same firm bought Harmonix and I’d say they’ve improved, or at the very least not worsened.

Saerain
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Saerain

McSleaz It cracks me up that people are saying this, because you know that if they’d gone from operating as an independent studio named Daybreak to being bought by Sony and renamed Sony Online Entertainment, they’d be corporate sellout drones with a stupid corporate sellout name.

Lateris
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Lateris

EO_Lonegun Agreed. But time will tell.

Lateris
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Lateris

melissamcdon I agree. I was really stunned by this. What the hell is Sony’s problem with SOE?

goettel
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goettel

I could tell ya, but I might get arrested.

McSleaz
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McSleaz

I think that “Daybreak” is a lame name, SOE has had so many problems over the yrs, a new owner and a dumb name will be the straw that broke the camels back.
EverQuest next is all they have going for them, and they’ve already started getting rid of staff from that project, the company is doomed to fail.

Observer98
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Observer98

I can’t recall an MMO studio that did anything but go downhill after it was bought by a larger company.

syberghost
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Xijit syberghost you’ve got it backwards; investors buy things because they want to make money from them. They bought a game company that’s taking a loss (which isn’t at all unusual for a game company) because it’s developing several new titles.

This was about reducing the losses, to reduce the time until it makes a profit. If they wanted to pull it apart and sell the pieces, they’d have done that immediately, not in stages, because doing this temporarily reduced the value of the IP, which is one of the most valuable things the company owns. This only makes sense if the plan is to continue development on the titles that are expected to make future profit.

If the plan was to get rid of the future games, they’ve have fired the H1Z1 people, and Terry Micheals, and Ben Burnett. This was about reducing the development costs on EQ1 and EQ2.

AthieV
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AthieV

The speculation out in the press is that the acquisition was targeting non-MMO-specific technologies such as SOEmote and Player Studio. If this is true, we should expect to see the MMOs sold off quickly.

Tridus
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Tridus

thatchefdude ArbsX Yeah, Wildstar looks like its going off a cliff. :( Wonder if that’ll get covered here.