EverQuest’s Holly Longdale discusses Daybreak’s reacquisition thrust

    
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Is the original EverQuest doing better than it ever has? Probably not; the game has been running for 20 years now. But it has been on an upward swing since 2015, and in a recent interview Daybreak executive producer Holly Longdale attributes that success to the game’s progression servers. Not without cause, either; Longdale explains how the first two progression servers outright crashed the game’s server clusters both times they launched, leading the team to make plans not just for existing progression servers but for both hardcore and casual variants of same.

“We’re reacquisition focused. […] I’m not allowed tell you exactly how many people have come through the game over the years, but it’s enough to sustain us. If we tried to broaden our horizons and invite new people in, I don’t think we’d have enough servers to be able to handle the influx of new players. But we’re more focused on trying to lure lapsed players back.”

Longdale also confirms that the title’s developers are working on future expansions and continuing the upward climb of the game’s overall power level, something she attributes as a crucial element of the game’s continued success. She also puts forth that it’s the need for constant socialization that keeps people playing, since anything significant in the game requires other players to accomplish. That and progression servers, anyhow.

Source: PC Gamer
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Morgan Feldon

>>I’m not allowed tell you exactly how many people have come through the game over the years, but it’s enough to sustain us.

This is not company policy. This is a decision that the EQ2 team has made. Every other Daybreak Games property publishes its population numbers in some form or fashion.

>>If we tried to broaden our horizons and invite new people in, I don’t think we’d have enough servers to be able to handle the influx of new players.

So… all this time the reason we haven’t seen new players in EQ2 in about a decade is… the servers couldn’t handle it?

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Dennis Heffernan

Holly Longdale?

She escaped from Qeynos Hills and is running the game now?

Oh wait…..

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Ragemaster9999

They need to make a progression PvP server for eq1. The fact it’s happening for eq2 gives me hope. The EQ1 emu scene is the only outlet for that currently.

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Adam tecnavia

Ehh, I couldn’t get over the whole Russia thing.
We all know that they owned controlled Daybreak (the shenanigans denying it were hilariously pitiful). As long as EQ is owned by daybreak, you are enriching the russian oligarchs who are literally attacking our democracy. I can’t pay for that.

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JoosO

yep, Daybreak can go die in a fire. and then lets all piss on its ashes.

Every greatness of EverQuest originates from 2 decades before Daybreak every existed. Today’s everquest is a ridiculous atrocity. You gullible players are just filling the pockets of a russian scumbag company profiting off Verant/SOE’s glory years. fu*k off and die

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Kheldar

It has been about a year since I walked away from anything Daybreak, and deleted their games from my computers.
I won’t come back. Ever.
Their “Community Managers” for EQ2 especially have been nothing but toxic, and the lack of thought, or content in the over priced expansions leaves no reason to want to be in a DGC game.
That, and the 100% Pay to Win marketplace… nah. I hope the company just goes under.

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kjempff

100% pay to win ? riiiight.. have you checked literally every other mmo ?
I am not saying eq is not tainted by the shop disease, but compared to any other mmo, it is still the least intrusive of them all.
However, I have little love left for TheybreakGames since they wasted away the opportunity and last hope of the mmo genre (EqNext).. what a bloody mistake.

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Kheldar

EQ2 is 100% P2W. You can either spend 14 years researching spell upgrades for example, or Pay to upgrade. Ditto most everything in that game.
I am currently having a great time in SWTOR, and even shop the marketplace, but nothing there helps in game. You can’t buy anything there that makes a character more powerful.
Well, there is the level 70 boost, but that doesn’t give much beyond the levels. All of the other items are purely cosmetic or fun.
LOTRO also doesn’t sell gear/power in its marketplace. It sells convenience, and fun stuff. I do stock up on Mithril coins there, just so I can quick pop back to turn in quests, but I can’t buy Uber legendary items, or character advancements like you can in EQ2.

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kjempff

I had no idea things were that bad with eq2. I have only really touched eq2 on progression servers for the initial rush, so I never bothered to check what the shop contains. Thank god eq1 is not the same.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

This is complete twaddle. I’ve been playing EQ2 on and offsince launch and over the last several years I’ve played it as my second MMORPG after GW2. I have never spent a cent on spell upgrades or any of the other accelerators in the cash shop. If you don’t have the patience of a five-year old you will get all the upgrades you need, over time, for free, assuming you just want to play like a regular person rather than a bleeding-edge raider. If you want to be the 0.01% then, sure, get your wallet out. No-one else cares.

In any case, the game has a million things to do that don’t require any spells at all. EQ2 has some of the best non-combat content around. And again, there options to spend money on it but no requirement to do so. A good cash shop that sells things people want to buy is an asset to any MMORPG and EQ2 has the best I’ve seen.

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oldandgrumpy

So you have a full set of ancient spell upgrades then ?

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Bruno Brito

you just want to play like a regular person rather than a bleeding-edge raider. If you want to be the 0.01% then, sure, get your wallet out. No-one else cares.

If the game had population outside raiding, i would agree with you. Since raiding is a huge part of the game, and it’s off limits, i don’t. EQ2 having great content and etc etc does not mean it’s not mismanaged to shit.

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MJ Guthrie

Raiding is a huge part of the game? I’d love to see numbers because raiding is still a minority from all I see and those players I know. There are definitely tons (on my server at least) that do alternate activities instead of raiding.

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Kheldar

But Gninja and crew cater only to raiders in the “Expansions”. They forgot the majority of actual players to only work on what they consider “Fun” to them.
And I stand by my statement. EQ2 is P2W.

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Stovakor21

you can buy power in SWTOR. Buy lootbox card packs , sell those on auction house than buy best in slot gear. and for crying out loud you have to buy Hot bars for Swtor. sorry but I think EQ and EQ2 are some of the lest paid to win games out there . i mean the research thing your talking about is just an exp potion right a time savor ? the research was never ment to be the primary way to get spells. at lest when i played . Drops from names and raids was the primary way.

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Bruno Brito

If SWTOR is your criteria for being reasonable, you really need to find new games.

Go check out GW2 cashshop, or ESO’s.

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Kheldar

Or you subscribe, and get the hotbars for free. And I’m not talking gear for P2W, I’m talking actual character progression. Do not speak about what you know not.
Paid research is the ONLY way to advance spells in EQ2, unless you have years for each tier.

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Stovakor21

This whole post is you crying about eq2 is the most p2w game out there , gear is just as much as character progresison as with swtor gear is like the only progression in that game and yes you can P2w that. Yes eq2 has p2w elements but its not the only way to get the spells you are claiming they drop as well . really the research system in eq2 was to let players get that rare spell that would never drop or people who just never did end game content.. I played both games , most mmo and i will say EQ and EQ2 are prob the lest P2w games on the market. .. Maybe you should ” do not speak about what you know not”

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Bruno Brito

100% pay to win ? riiiight.. have you checked literally every other mmo ?

Uh…yes? ESO, GW2, WoW.

I don’t even like ESO cash shop because i find it predatory, but it’s way better than EQ2 store.

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JoosO

agreed. Daybreak is a russian scumbag company. the only EverQuest exists on the free emulator servers like Project 1999. Or just wait for Pantheon Rise of the Fallen and we can all forget daybreak exists

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If we tried to broaden our horizons and invite new people in, I don’t think we’d have enough servers to be able to handle the influx of new players.

EQ1 could use another round of server merges.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

A mature product seeking to appeal to its long term installed base of past and current customers… seems legit. That is just the life cycle of such things.

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Henrik Boriths

Their biggest issue is the connection to their playerbase. Just look at EQ2.

Over the last 10 years, there has been 11 different community manager. 11!! How on earth are you supposed to manage anything and know what the players want in ur game? Oh thats right, you dont know, so you make the game you think they want and thats where EQ2 live servers are today. 4 months after the latest expansion, none of the servers are even close to having a high population.

And the current community manager. She has never played EQ2. How is she supposed to take feedback? Players have been trying to get a channel with DBG since RadarX left and Roxxly took his place, but mails and discord is mostly ignored unless its about opening a new discord channel for their new gimmick server.

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Armsbend

So successful they cancelled a sequel.
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Eliandal

That statement though? As much corporate gobbledegoop! Unless numbers are abysmal, the number of players over the lifetime is a selling point! As for servers and handling new players? Oh come on now. That was not a statement of confidence!