Daybreak has canceled EverQuest Next, Landmark is launching ‘this spring’

    
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Yes, yes it is.

Daybreak has officially canceled EverQuest Next. President Russell Shanks just broke the news on the official site this afternoon:

To Our Daybreak Community,

I’m writing today to let you know that, after much review and consideration, Daybreak is discontinuing development of EverQuest Next.

For the past 20 years EverQuest has been a labor of love. What started as a deep passion of ours, as game creators, grew into a much larger passion shared by you, millions of players and Daybreakers alike. Watching EverQuest’s ability to entertain and bring people together has inspired and humbled us. It’s shaped our culture and has emboldened us to take aggressive risks with our game ideas and products. When we decided to create the next chapter in the EverQuest journey, we didn’t aim low. We set out to make something revolutionary.

For those familiar with the internals of game development, you know that cancellations are a reality we must face from time to time. Inherent to the creative process are dreaming big, pushing hard and being brutally honest with where you land. In the case of EverQuest Next, we accomplished incredible feats that astonished industry insiders. Unfortunately, as we put together the pieces, we found that it wasn’t fun. We know you have high standards when it comes to Norrath and we do too. In final review, we had to face the fact that EverQuest Next would not meet the expectations we – and all of you – have for the worlds of Norrath.

The future of the EverQuest franchise as a whole is important to us here at Daybreak. EverQuest in all its forms is near and dear to our hearts. EverQuest and EverQuest II are going strong. Rest assured that our passion to grow the world of EverQuest remains undiminished.

Yours truly,

Russell Shanks
President, Daybreak Games

Curiously, Shanks doesn’t mention Landmark by name, but Daybreak’s Holly Longdale quietly told forumgoers this morning that Landmark is scheduled to launch later this spring. “Landmark will be available for $9.99 USD. At this time, we do not have any plans to make Landmark free-to-play,” reads the FAQ. “There are no plans at this time to require a membership to access Landmark or include Landmark in All Access.” Daybreak has separately confirmed to Massively OP that Landmark will continue as planned.

Longdale, executive producer for EverQuest and EverQuest II, has apparently been named executive producer of Landmark as well. Landmark and (former) EverQuest Next Senior Producer Terry Michaels confimed that he’s still with the company:

Massively OP reader A Dad Supreme has pointed out that Daybreak’s game servers are suffering outages following the news, though it’s not clear why or whether the problem is related to the announcement.
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anarres
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anarres

breetoplay skylatron Aywren That’s such a STRANGE release announcement. Inform people who you are cause you didn’t inform them previously of that. (for how long were you executive producer and they didn’t know?) Talk about canceling EQN in the release announcement of another game. (that is, the news about which people are supposed to rejoice?) Then finally say it’s launching.

If that doesn’t break all the rules in the book for a public announcement of a release date, I don’t know what does…

anarres
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anarres
jakemorey
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jakemorey

Class action lawsuit anyone?

MyNameIsIllegal
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MyNameIsIllegal

Welp, after this MASSIVE bait and switch, getting people to buy Landmark saying it would help with EQN development, I’m not giving them another cent.

Gylnne
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Gylnne

melissaheather RooksGambit Agree Melissa

Gylnne
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Gylnne

strangesands When the news of SOE being sold to an investment company and the firing of key people many in the comments of those first articles believe Daybreak had no intention of developing games, just trying to make money off their investment and move on. It seems to a certain extent folks were right. It still amazes me if Everquest 1 and 2 are so profitable why did Sony get rid of them?

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

MJ Guthrie Cyroselle Those are all really good points MJ. Still.. gosh… so sad. :( I hope the IP somehow finds its way into the collective hands of people that can do right by the world of Norrath.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

_andyfox_ 
It sounds like you were bought out to eliminate the competition.

Barachiel
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Barachiel

melissaheather how is BDO?   I’ve been keeping a cautious eye on it, and what I’ve heard has been rather mixed.  From what I just read, we may be looking for much the same thing.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

_andyfox_ It’s a strange world where terms like “acquihire” had to be invented to describe the weird, random stuff that big businesses get up to all the time.