Leaderboard: How worried are you for PlanetSide Arena and Daybreak right now?

    
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Daybreak’s Friday-night revelation that it is delaying PlanetSide Arena to summer made me worried. Actually, the revelation that the company would be refunding everyone who’d preordered made me the most worried. Daybreak refunding folks? Landmark fans would have a hard time believing it, right? My first thought was that the delay was so long, without money, that it was probably already over.

But not so fast. Some readers pointed out that Daybreak’s preorder playerbase wasn’t even coming close to capping the planned massive server size in beta, thanks presumably to the sudden release and popularity of Apex Legends. It’s more likely that Daybreak figured its chances as a buy-to-play title against Apex were poor and that by summer its outlook will be much improved, especially if the game is free-to-play at launch as rumored and is buoyed by its now-simultaneous PS4 launch. In fact, there are folks on Reddit debating whether this may actually save the game, giving the studio a half a year to make it something great.

And in that context, I definitely think there’s less cause for alarm. But then maybe I’m Charlie Brown giving Lucy one last go holding the football. How about you? How worried are you for PlanetSide Arena and Daybreak right now?

Leaderboard: How worried are you for PlanetSide Arena and Daybreak right now?

  • Not at all worried. They got this. (6%, 17 Votes)
  • Worried, but not more worried than I was before. (11%, 32 Votes)
  • Worried for the game but not the company. (6%, 18 Votes)
  • Worried for the company but not the game. (6%, 18 Votes)
  • Doesn't really matter as long as H1Z1 PS4 does OK. (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Yeah they're in big trouble. Super worried. (16%, 48 Votes)
  • My only interest remains the EverQuest franchise anyway. (24%, 70 Votes)
  • Honestly don't care to begin with. (21%, 62 Votes)
  • I have no idea what to think. (3%, 8 Votes)
  • No opinion / view tally / mech butts. (7%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 260

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creepywhistle

You could give your money to a game company with a history of scamming its most loyal players before into testing a new game with underwhelming expectations, or play Apex for free. No brainer there.

Daybreak even calls PS:A a “passion project”…. where did we hear that before? Oh yeah, Radical Heights, a rushed “passion project” hoping to keep Boss Key afloat. Daybreak just finished 2018 with a second round of lay-offs, so… yeah.

They offered refunds because they can’t even do the Founders Season with so few players, pretty much the entire reason for pre-ordering and play-testing. They might even go so far as to lower price or go F2P just to mimic Apex Legend’s popular take-off.

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Dankey Kang

Been watching some streams with PSA lead designer Carto lately, he seems pretty chill so maybe things aren’t as tense as they seem. I would not be too suprised if PS:A got canned; then again if they played their cards right, they could have a very successful game once the whole Apex thing dies down.

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Nick Smith

I think they did a wise move. Let Apex Legends have its newness for a while. Then blammo… hit everyone with a new battle royale game this summer. Smart. I’m not worried.

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Bruno Brito

You’re…joking, right?

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Nick Smith

Not at all. I really think it’s a smart move. Planetside is a descent game. EQ and EQ2 I’ve played hundreds of hours in. I’ve even spent a fair amount of time in DC Universe Online. I don’t expect the new battle royale to suck. It’s a smart move they push it back to summer.

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Bruno Brito

None of DBG’s games are good enough to compete in this market. EQ is good as a legacy product, but again: Not good enough.

Planetside may be good, but PS:A has “cutting costs and riding fads” written all over it.

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creepywhistle

Oh, come on! Those late-December lay-offs are a GREAT sign for PS:A!

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squid

Daybreak doesn’t even know what hardcore and casual mean in regard to EQ1. There’s no saving them.

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Utakata

…I guess I am more worried for others who continue to support titles this outfit acquired from SOE than anything else. Daybreak has proven not to be a healthy competent or sustainable company to run things, to put it mildly. And would likely axe anything just to stay a float. /le sigh

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Bruno Brito

If by worried, you mean “cheering for the complete destruction of this mediocre company”, then yeah, i’m pretty worried.

DBG games, specially the EQ franchise deserves way better than this garbage company.

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Arktouros

Planetside was by far one of my top 10 favorite games of all time so far. Wake up at 10am and start waging a war that wouldn’t finish up well into the evening. It was pretty damn great.

Planetside 2 on the other hand was basically one big technical test boondoggle. The lightforge engine was beautiful and designed to last well into the future but at the time required one beast of a machine to run well. The whole thing was sold to Sony as a project that would be a flagship game for it’s PS4 console. The problem was that engine ran like hot dog shit on AMD systems and that’s pretty much what consoles ran. The whole game basically stalled for an entire year while they took this beautiful game engine and dialed it back 5 years graphically speaking while faction imbalance that was never addressed drove the game population out of the game. You can’t have an online title go into maintenance mode for a year just a few months after launching. It’s game suicide.

So after that, I don’t really care what they do with any of it. Large, sweeping scale battles with multi hour campaigns raging across multiple continents is what Planetside was. A Battle Royale or any small arena fight flies in the face of what made Planetside great.

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Aiun Tanks

Ever reflect on how many studios have gone broke chasing the new hotness instead of forging it?

Whether it’s been Battle Royale, Hero Shooters, PVP ‘Survival’, TCGs, MOBAs, WoW-clone MMOs…

This is one risky-as-hell industry, that’s for sure.

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Armsbend

That’s all of entertainment really. Boom or bust in a constantly changing environment. Not for the squeamish I’m sure.

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Arktouros

Sad truth is that it’s really not that complicated, just seems difficult for companies to pull off. So many people seem to really fail to understand what makes their products great and capitalize on it.

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Armsbend

ehhh not sure about that. when you plunk down 200M on a movie or a video game and it busts – the pain is real. You start mining those sequels or 1970 tv shows for ideas :P

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Jack Pipsam

If they’re delaying/reworking it in hoping that they can release it at the best time and in the best state they can, then I hope that’ll end up being a good thing.

There is no good just throwing the game out there now if it’s going to get ignored due to Apex Legends. Delaying it was absolutely the right call IMO.

But for Daybreak in general? Hard to say, they’re just a confusing mess of who knows what.

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Random MMO fan

I did not invest any money into that company or their product so it would be irrational for me to worry about them.