Leaderboard: Does the Daybreak fiasco affect whether you play its MMOs?

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Over the last couple of days, we’ve been covering the Daybreak scandal – specifically, how concerns over the impact of government sanctions on Daybreak’s parent companies would affect the games, which spiraled into Daybreak publicly denying that it was ever owned by the company it said repeatedly bought it in 2015 and scrubbing its website and wikipedia of references to Columbus Nova’s acquisition. We’ve all watched on, eyes wide, dutifully recording gaslighting in progress.

But then I have that luxury: I don’t play any Daybreak games and haven’t played any of them seriously since SOE shuttered the best MMORPG ever made. So I can look at the whole situation as the dumpster fire it is, and not as the doom of my favorite MMO, since it already killed that.

Many of you are not in my position. You play DCUO, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2, even EverQuest. You might even be playing H1Z1, although that’s less likely if you’re reading Massively OP. Or maybe the Standing Stone games Daybreak publishes, LOTRO and DDO, are your thing, and you’re not convinced by yesterday’s vague Twitch sidenote that everything’s probably fine. You are watching on in horror, wondering what will happen to your MMO homes if Daybreak implodes. You might even be pretty sure the games will be OK but aren’t so sure you want to put your own money into the mess.

Multiple MOP readers have voiced just such concerns, including Sally, who suggested a poll. Another came into my Twitter, declaring that he was done with the whole mess.

Still other gamers are in outright denial about the whole thing, which is flabbergasting.

Let’s explore that for today’s Leaderboard. Does the Daybreak fiasco affect whether you play its MMOs?

Does the Daybreak fiasco affect whether you play its MMOs?

  • Yes. I've stopped playing them. (13%, 111 Votes)
  • Yes, I will stop playing them but haven't yet. (3%, 23 Votes)
  • I had already stopped playing them. (37%, 324 Votes)
  • I never played SOE/Daybreak games. (9%, 78 Votes)
  • No, I will continue play or will play again in the future. (18%, 161 Votes)
  • I'm still in wait-and-see mode. (16%, 137 Votes)
  • No reply / view tally / elf butts. (5%, 48 Votes)

Total Voters: 882

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I will be crushed if DDO and LOTRO get ruined by this stupidity concerning a company that didn’t even develop them, DDO is still my favorite MMO and the only one I really bother to play regularly for the last few months. Have been thinking I should poke my head back into LOTRO too. It’s still my favorite themepark MMO.


I quit their games several times over the past couple of years, returning to play DCUO once in a while, but I finally gave up on them completely. Jackster can shove his time capsule gambling boxes directly up his backside.

On a brighter note, I’m getting quite the chuckle over this whole thing. I feel bad for the employees that were laid off, though. I hope they land on their feet and keep creating cool stuff.


The way Landmark was handled already took care of all potential future purchases from DBG.

I’ll continue to be interested in reading news stories regarding the publisher, but that’s as far as I’ll go. They are otherwise effectively dead to me.

Brown Jenkin

EQNext, never forget.

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Kind of hard to vote on this one. I have never really considered the SSG portfolio to be part of Daybreak. I’m a lifer in LOTRO and dabbled in DDO, but never played anything that Daybreak directly developed. I don’t really see the SSG games being impacted other than having – at worst – to find another publisher.

I’ve had Planetside 2, DCUO, EverQuest & EverQuest 2 on my Steam wishlist, but never had the time to give them a try. I’ll probably put them on hold until this whole CN thing plays out.

Aiun Tanks

You know, I had a lot left undone in LOTRO and I always kinda planned on returning to that at some point. And I pre-ordered the collector’s edition of DDO, which turned out to be something other than expected. I’ll miss Planetside 2, but I haven’t played that for years.

The loss of the Daybreak MMOs will be… sad, like hearing about the death of an old schoolmate not seen for decades.

Kickstarter Donor

I stopped playing them a long time ago. To be fair they killed most of them that I had played. Theybreak Games/SOE is something I avoid as much as the EA icon.


Pretty interesting SNAFU here. Honestly not clear what could happen. If assets are gets congealed, the games should be able to self-sustain (hopefully – regardless of the marketing tactics used). If not, that might mean a complexity of the law which might have “unintended consequences” (yea, you’re freezing russian oligarchs assets, but it’s US citizens which in the end are getting the short stick – again?).
Different if the company constantly needs funding, that means the games are not self sustaining anymore or some secret project are draining all the funds without giving decent results.
I know company are often looking for funding to expand and sometimes some questions are not necessarily asked.
Pretty unsure what to think, just that we’re already seeing layoffs which in certain countries might cause some interesting lawsuits being thrown at the company for “unfair dismissal”.

Rheem Octuris

I stopped playing them when what I considered to already be a money grubbing company got bought out but (at the time) a corporation that was even more money grubbing and didn’t care about gamers on top of that.