Leaderboard: What’s the most vulnerable Daybreak MMO in 2019?

    
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Way back in 2015, not long after the SOE game purge and Daybreak transition that laid off a huge number of developers, we began polling our readers about the safety of Daybreak’s games, specifically which one they thought was most vulnerable. Oh those heady days, when we were sure EverQuest Next was safe!

  • In 2015, you picked Dragon’s Prophet. It shut down the same year.
  • In 2017, you picked PlanetSide 2. Still going, though. But a while back we tallied it up to find SOE/Daybreak has shuttered approximately 16 games, and to that pile add LandmarkH1Z1 Just Survive, and likely one of the games the Austin branch was working on too. This is not some isolated thing.
  • Last year, you picked Just Survive, and you were right. Actually, you picked all of the above, but we’ll stick a pin in the snark.

So how about this year? Has anything changed with the company that once won best studio four years in a row thanks to its one-time reputation for keeping beloved MMORPGs going? Did the two major rounds of layoffs last year unsettle you? What about the Columbus Nova dust-up, the NantWorks thing, and the PlanetSide Arena rumor? Which Daybreak MMO do you think is most vulnerable now?

Leaderboard: Which Daybreak MMO is the most vulnerable in 2019?

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Kayweg

So much for this years most predictable poll result then.
DB has become the “freak show” of the annual village fair.

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PanagiotisLial1

Unfortunately I wouldnt be surprised if the lifetime subs that were sold were an effort to make daybreak look financially more stable before seeking a buyer. And buyers can choose to keep or sell any game they see fit. Probably SSG has the least danger cause I think Daybreak is just a publishing partner

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Denice J. Cook

That would be an extremely bad scenario, unless the buyer plans on honoring the lifetime subs. Usually when new publishers take over MMORPGs, all bets are off, though.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes hopefully I am wrong

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cursedseishi

First vote? Planetside 2. There’s a… disgusting precedence of games being given a ‘Battle Royale’ side mode (*hackhackh1z1coughcough*) and being dumped hard, or if they are lucky just ignored and all but forgotten but a Fortnite ago. The second PlanetSide Arena shows any amount of traction is the second Planetside 2 dies, regardless of updates planned or the like… We still got 11 months to go after all!

Second up? Standing Stone Games… Not so much they are shut down but… well, see my third choice. But if the rug gets pulled from under them, I don’t foresee SSG handling it quite as well the first time they split off. Can only split a standing stone so many times before it’s nothing but pebbles after all.

Third choice? Daybreak in general. 2018 was a bloody mess for them, and I can’t see things pulling up from their downward spiral… Simply a matter of when they hit the bottom of that spiral. Everquest 1 and 2 can only parachute for so long, and the same goes double for a licensed property that can be pulled whenever DC feels like it. The whole… Mobile/Not Mobile H1Z1 thing so far hasn’t gone anywhere, and despite the money being put into it I can’t really see it going well either. If there’s a market more cramped than the PC Battle Royale space, it’s the mobile market. And unlike Fortnite or PUBG H1Z1 has practically zero name recognition.

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Adam Russell

I said the rumored eq3, but how do you count it if it is cancelled without ever admitting it existed? You will never know if you were right. A rumor doesnt belong in the poll.

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Bruno Brito

All of them. It’s not the games that are in jeopardy, it’s DBG itself.

Good. Good. Let it burn.

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wratts

I hadn’t realized there was a rumored EQ3. That’s never going to happen, DBG has poisoned the well and there’s too much competition in the fantasy MMO space now, and nothing they’ve done demonstrates they have the patience or vision to commit to a project of that scope.
For live games, I have to believe at some point the existing EQs will sunset. I can’t see that there’s enough attributable revenue coming into these platforms now, particularly with no console presence. DCUO is almost certainly propped up by the strength of the license and the fact that it’s got a good console population

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IronSalamander8 .

I voted all because Daybreak.

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Sorenthaz

Probably the Everquests.

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laelgon

I don’t think there will ever been an Everquest 3, unless Daybreak is bought out. I can’t imagine they have the resources to produce an actual MMORPG at this point.

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Ironwu

Anything brand new that would cost a ton of investment up front to develop. So that puts EQ3 or any other major new MMO project as a non-starter.

Their current stuff? Still bringing in cash.

New mobile stuff? Cheap to develop and low risk.

BR games? Cheap to develop and low risk.