Trademarks hint at big changes for Daybreak Game Company

    
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Could Daybreak Game Company be about to split into two — or more — studios? Recent trademark filings on behalf of Daybreak suggest that the MMO company might be moving toward this direction.

As first noticed by MSandersonD, on June 12th, Daybreak filed for trademarks for “Darkpaw Games” and “Rogue Planet Games.” Both of these trademarks refer to “computer game software and video game software; downloadable multiplayer, real time computer and video game software that is downloadable via an online service for entertainment purposes,” which certainly are in line with what Daybreak currently offers.

What’s interesting here is the names of these two entities themselves. Darkpaw Games seems to point to Fippy Darkpaw, a famous EverQuest NPC, while Rogue Planet may be leaning toward the PlanetSide series. So what do you think? Are we about to see Daybreak fracture into smaller, more agile studios, a la Turbine/Standing Stone Games? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Twitter. Thanks Scott and Fantmx!
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kody

It’s more likely that each team and/or franchise is being given its own studio name, while Daybreak remains the owner of all studios and acts as the publisher.

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PanagiotisLial1

If that makes them stop taking the gains from EQ IP and wasting it in failed Battle Royale/Moba projects then its probably a good thing.

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Alyn

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strangesands

I smell money being laundered.

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Jack Pipsam

I think keeping Everquest & Planetside together is the best option.

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Bruno Brito

Preferably, with a company worth a damn.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Sounds like a shell game in an effort to hide some loot and back taxes.

But this is TheyBreak we are talking about here so…
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camren_rooke

You’d think he’d learn after the third time.
Stop shifting it to the right each time!

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rafael12104

Heh. I say he should just keep trying. It will pay off eventually.

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Hamblepants

underrated comment ^

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Neurotic

Fippy, the ‘original’ Hogger! There’s a reason they call him ‘The Undying’. :-D

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NecroFox4

Spinning off to smaller studios with throwback names won’t solve their problems. So while I wish them the best, I’m really not hopeful that this will have any positive impact on the players.

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kjempff

I stopped trying to predict the future of theybreak games. I would have though the split up would have happened a long time ago, and no longer than a year after the sale… but here they are, still floating.
The crazy dreamer in me obviously hope a buyer has appeared for the Everquest IP, with the skills to continue EqNext (the only NextGen mmo concept to date).

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Paragon Lost

I didn’t want to jinx it by vocalizing that hope.

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Jesse Schulkers

The situation for Daybreaks titles could have been far far worse than it is right now. As it is they didn’t do anything SOE didn’t really and they’ve kept providing for their players.

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laelgon

Wonder what this would mean for All Access or whatever it’s called, the sub that applies to all (the few remaining) Daybreak games?

The cynic in me thinks this is a way to prolong circling the drain a little longer and put an extra buffer between the Russian money fiasco.

The optimist thinks maybe the goal is for some of the studios to be bought out and the titles put in the hands of better funded, more competent hands. Though I will admit I have no idea on how all the legal stuff works with splitting a company like this.

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Jeremy Barnes

I’m willing to bet that it’s not for the good of the games or the consumers.