Daybreak’s John Smedley: EverQuest Next is going to be ‘more than ok’

    
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Worried about this week’s mass firings of Daybreak employees and wondering what might happen to both Landmark and EverQuest Next? The studio has a few words of reassurance for you on that front.

“[EverQuest Next] has the largest development team at SOE. It is going to be more than OK,” Daybreak President John Smedley tweeted yesterday. In another response, Smedley said, “The EverQuest franchise is our lifeblood and we treat it with the respect it deserves.”

Landmark Senior Producer Terry Michaels chimed in on the forums with an update concerning the situation. “I wanted to apologize for any anxiety this may have caused, but for the sake of everyone involved, it was simply the right way to handle it,” he posted. “While we don’t have all of the details of how this is going to affect our schedules, timetables or the Blueprint yet, we wanted to make sure you know we’re still here, we’re still listening to all your great feedback and we’re working to get you those answers just as soon as we can!”

Michaels also asked for patience while the team regroups: “EverQuest Next and Landmark are games that involve lots of very large plans, so please bear with us as we take the time to review and reorganize the schedules. As soon as we have something we feel comfortable with, we’ll be updating the entire team — which still includes all of you, of course — with our new plans and with details about how things will be rolling out in the near future.”

[Source: Twitter #1, #2, Landmark forums]
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@syberghost lol yeah,unfortunately for me. I should perhaps say I won’t miss it.way too many zombie games already for me. And I suppose I can laud them by jumping into the zombie trend band wagon business wise, but I’m so over zombies Or something that virtually resembles one and still in essence a zombie. To that I say, “meh.”. So go on people play the game that trends,it will at least help to support the development of EQnext, I hope.

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pneulemen it’s the 12th highest-played game on Steam today, and higher than any of the MMOs by far.

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pneulemen

Lol omg, that is just perfect video for this situation. Lmfao!

pneulemen
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pneulemen

It’s ok to axe H1Z1 though,no go right ahead, it won’t be kissed at all.

CazCore
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CazCore

greywolfe_joystiq dirtyklingon feel free to facedesk at will.  anytime is a good time

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Tierless 
Pepperidge Farm remembers

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paragonlostinspace 
oh.
i’m willing to absolutely put money on that.
if any kind of investigative journalism happened on this particular sale, i’d put bets down [and i’m not a gambling man, so that should tell you something] that he specifically looked at all the contracts and probably went for the one or two that had wording to the effect of:  “smed can’t be fired under any circumstance.”

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Rebel Engie 
arguably:
he fought tooth and nail to get “just the right contract” with whichever specific buyout he went for so that he didn’t get fired.
i’m almost willing to bet that was a stipulation of at least one of those buyout contracts.

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This whole Daybreak Games thing- ‘everything’s OK!’ while devs are dropped like flies- reminds me of Baghdad Bob in the Iraq War.

More than OK.  My expectations have been lowered again and again over the years in the MMO industry, pardon me Smed for not standing up and cheering your statement.

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Nonsensicles paragonlostinspace A Dad Supreme

That’s your opinion. It worked well in my opinion. We all know the plot of The Empire Strikes Back (My favorite of three original movies) I’ll assume by now. For me it works as a fine example. John as Lando, someone who made a deal to save SOE(his planet) with CN(the Empire) only to have it blow up in his face and end up hurting those around him.

 Side note: one of my few fond memories of my mother (She was/is crazy but thats another topic) was as a teenager her taking me to see Star Wars when it was first released in Southern California. Man was it hot, we had to wait in a long line and the theatre had ushers walking up and down the lines passing out cold beverages. Good memory.