In February 2015, following the SOE/Daybreak transition and ensuing mass layoffs, we polled our readers on the security of the rest of the studio’s games. Almost half of you voted that Dragon’s Prophet was the studio’s most vulnerable remaining game, with almost 20% pointing to EverQuest Next. And you were right; SOE’s North American-run Dragon’s Prophet was gone within the year, with EverQuest Next to follow just a few months later.
The thing is, Daybreak doesn’t really have much left. The company that once won “best studio” four years in a row and had a much-deserved reputation for keeping beloved MMORPGs going is now down to four MMORPGs, plus H1Z1 A and B, and one unannounced game, plus the games it’s publishing for Standing Stone. Yesterday we counted up the casualties and found Daybreak has now shut down approximately 16 games, most of them in the last few years — more than most studios will ever launch.
Let’s break out the poll for a revisit, two years on. Which Daybreak MMO do you think is most vulnerable now?
Which Daybreak MMO is most vulnerable in 2017?
- DC Universe Online (11%, 149 Votes)
- EverQuest (11%, 150 Votes)
- EverQuest II (4%, 54 Votes)
- H1Z1 - Just Survive (13%, 173 Votes)
- H1Z1 - King of the Kill (3%, 44 Votes)
- PlanetSide 2 (27%, 359 Votes)
- The unannounced game (9%, 121 Votes)
- The Standing Stone games Daybreak is publishing, because if I don't include this someone will complain (4%, 51 Votes)
- All of the above (17%, 225 Votes)
- None of the above (2%, 21 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,347