Devs and players say farewell to Landmark and the last remnants of EverQuest Next


Landmark’s servers blinked off for the very last time last night, with our own EverQuest franchise columnist MJ Guthrie there to stream the end. The sandbox hadn’t even reached its first birthday after its long-awaited but still hasty launch last year.

“Such a waste,” former SOE and Daybreak CEO John Smedley remarked on Twitter. “It’s tragic to see this game turned off. EQ Next would have been brilliant based on it. We could have done it.”

We’ve rounded up some memories from the current and former Daybreak and SOE reps, plus we’ve included MJ’s stream and some of our favorite Landmark content in the last couple of years.

First, MJ’s stream of the sunset. If you just want to see the end, skip to about 1:50:00, as the fireworks go off and the countdown timer trails off to blackness.

Former SOE and Daybreak CEO John Smedley:

Daybreak Lead Game Designer Emily “Domino” Taylor:

Former SOE Director of Development and Creative Director Dave Georgeson:

Daybreak Communications Manager Colette “Dexella” Murphy:

Former SOE Senior Brand Manager Omeed Dariani:

Former SOE Associate Producer Eric Smith:

And here’s a recap of some of our more interesting pieces about Landmark from the last two years.

EverQuesting: The loss of Landmark - Daybreak did it again. Boy, that phrase has come to mean a great many different things over the years. However, in this case it refers to the art of dropping…
Global Chat Extra: In remembrance of Landmark - Obviously, the reverberations of the news of Landmark's closure continue to be seen across the MMO community, including in our own comments sections. The MMO blogosphere was alight with discussion…
Landmark is shutting down on February 21 - Sad news for fans of Landmark who were happy to see it have its own life after the closure of EverQuest Next; Daybreak has announced that the Landmark servers will…
Global Chat: The verdict on Landmark - Landmark's launch hasn't gone unnoticed by the MMO blogging community. Several players have decided to use the game's official release as an opportunity to check it out again (or for…
Landmark announces a June 10th launch date - It's a little later in the "spring" than expected, depending on how strictly you adhere to the season or the solstice, but it's finally happening: Landmark is launching on June…

Our condolences to players who’ve lost a favorite world or pile of money this week.

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