You had to figure Daybreak was gearing up for some sort of big sub thing, what with SSG doing it for LOTRO and DDO – quite successfully – under its wing. And indeed, last night the MMO company offered up a new version of its All Access pass that is essentially a lifetime sub.
“PC players, if you play EverQuest 2 or ANY of Daybreak’s All Access games, you’re in for a treat. Available for a limited time and in limited quantities, lock in lifetime membership benefits in every All Access game with the Lifetime* All Access Membership! All Access currently includes DC Universe Online, EverQuest, EverQuest 2, and PlanetSide 2. No more resubscribing. No more recurring payments. All the access. All the time. Plus, if you already have an active All Access membership, we will convert your unused time to Daybreak Cash when you upgrade to this lifetime offer!”
Like the DDO offering, this one is set for a limited quantity intended to sell out – 4000, though, not 1000. And the lifetime sub itself? $299.99.
There’s also a “bonus” tier All Access pass: a year of sub play in EverQuest 2, DC Universe Online, EverQuest, and PlanetSide 2 and “over $900” worth of bonus items in the four games (the EverQuest II items, for example, are marked as being worth $150; they include a level 110 booster, cosmetics, mount, and 120 VIP research days). That one’s $199.99.
So is it worth it? Well, if you’re a hardcore player of one of these Daybreak games, to the point that you regularly sub already, maybe. It rather depends on how much faith you have in Daybreak’s ability to keep operating your particular game in the future, knowing that Daybreak has sunsetted more than three times as many titles as it’s got live right now. As MMO players will recall, Daybreak suffered two huge rounds of layoffs just in 2018 alone and partnered with NantWorks in an investment deal to build mobile games. H1Z1’s PC version and esports have gone poorly by most accounts this year as well.
However, H1Z1 on PS4 appears to be fine, both EverQuest games received expansions this year, and DCUO put out regular updates. Even PlanetSide 2 got some love in 2018, and then there’s that whole PlanetSide Arena on the horizon, though PlanetSide Arena is not included in the pass as written.
And given the fact that DDO’s sold out already, we expect these will too.
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie will have more in her EverQuesting column tomorrow.
Get ready for the Daybreak Winter Extravaganza! Through December 31, take advantage of exciting offers including lifetime and year-long All Access memberships, bonuses, and more! 🎁
— EverQuest II (@everquestii) December 18, 2018