Leaderboard: Do you buy the ‘Grand Daybreak Unification’ theory?


Yesterday, MMO blogger Wilhelm Arcturus of The Ancient Gaming Noob dropped a fun conspiracy theory in the comments of our piece on EVE Online covering how CCP is rather inexplicably moving EVE Vegas to San Diego in 2020. “This is actually the first sign that Pearl Abyss is planning to buy some or all of Daybreak,” he prophesied, “and the San Diego event will become PearlCon 2020.” I think he started out half-kidding, but ever since he posted it I’ve been a dog with a bone about this thing because damn, this is plausible, guys. Consider the scenario:

Pearl Abyss, which is worth a truckton of money thanks to Black Desert and its other ventures, bought CCP Games and EVE Online last September and then promptly set up a SoCal base of ops here in the US. This week, CCP Games just announced that EVE Vegas will not return in 2020; instead, the event will move to San Diego, which is an odd out-of-the-blue choice given that it’s neither central, convenient, or cheap. Daybreak, of course, is headquartered in San Diego, while Pearl Abyss’ new American branch is about an hour or so north.

Daybreak, you’ll surely recall, has struggled mightily under its bizarrely obfuscated current ownership after being sold off from SOE in 2015. Just in the last year, it’s suffered multiple rounds of layoffs, project and closures and cancellations, a huge esports financial scandal, and investment moves that looked pretty desperate. But recently, it’s been pouring love into EverQuest, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2, and DC Universe Online; it’s started polling for a new fan event (with possible locations in San Diego or Vegas); it’s been talking up the future of EverQuest; and it pulled PlanetSide Arena out of a half year’s hibernation. Above all else, we’ve been watching all summer as Daybreak has been registering websites and trademarks for Darkpaw Games, Rogue Planet Games, and Golden Age Studios, plus it registered a new Daybreak Game Studios LLC to boot (it filed for Bronze Age Studios last year).

These are not the moves of a doomed company being stripped for parts, but what’s got it so confident? Is it about to be “rescued” from a holding company and antsy investors as CCP was? As Brasse put it… “Fascinating.”

Anyhow, I need to stress that what Wilhelm jokingly referred to as the “Grand Daybreak Unification” theory is pure speculation – as I mentioned to another writer, if I had found any hard evidence, this’d be a news post with a breaking tag on it and not a poll. But a poll it is. Do you buy the theory at all? If not, what are they up to?

Leaderboard: Do you buy the 'Grand Daybreak Unification' theory? (Choose up to four.)

  • I totally buy it. Makes sense to me. (19%, 51 Votes)
  • The logic makes sense, but I don't think it's happening. (10%, 26 Votes)
  • I don't think Daybreak is being sold at all. (2%, 6 Votes)
  • I think Daybreak is going to be sold, but not to Pearl Abyss. (6%, 16 Votes)
  • I don't think Pearl Abyss would buy Daybreak. (7%, 20 Votes)
  • I think big stuff is about to happen for Daybreak, but it's not this. (6%, 16 Votes)
  • I have an even wilder theory and I'ma put it in the comments. (1%, 2 Votes)
  • I seriously hope it isn't true! This would be an even worse situation than Daybreak's already in. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • I seriously hope it's true. This would be a great outcome for Daybreak and its games. (18%, 49 Votes)
  • I have no idea how to feel about these theories. I need more coffee. (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Bree and Wilhelm, y'all are nuts in the best way. (7%, 19 Votes)
  • This post needed more conspiracy gifs with red scribbly lines and circles. (15%, 40 Votes)
  • Something else! (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 197

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I don’t think that “DayBreak” it’s going to be sold to Pearl Abyss.
I think it’s going to be the sigle “DarkpawGames”, “RoguePlanet Games” and “Golden Age Studios” that will be sold.
I’ve a feeling they will be sold to three different buyers, thinking Golden Age will go to WB as the DC franchise will have to be kept in line with the movie and TV series content they have in mind.

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I think that would be awesome. the Justice League Dark content for DCUO was good content. Some of the best I’ve seen, but I’ll admit that even the few GUs before that were better than the ones before. DCUO is one game I’m not too worried about the future of, even though it’s been out a while, there is still a lot of people playing it and it’s really Daybreak’s horse at this moment. To have Pearl Abyss take over would only be good and make me feel even better about the future of it.

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“The fashion industry has been behind every major political assassination over the last 200 years and behind every hit, a card-carrying male model.”


Also, they are all shapeshifter aliens.


There is nothing wrong with speculation. And let’s be honest, weirder things have happened.

But, I have to give a big Russian “neit” to the idea.

Pearl Abyss has shown itself to be a pretty savvy company. Their deal with Kakao is well-considered and forward-looking. Daybreak is anything but that. Lol. I don’t see how a review of any of Daybreaks ventures would persuade Pearl to buy the company.

And lest we forget the nebulous Russian Oligarch connection. I don’t think a deal would be struck as the details of whatever that bullshit was or is comes to light.

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Daybreak Games is ran by idiots that would rather spend development time creating rainbow bunny pets for EverQuest than actually work on the damn game.

I certainly do hope SOMEONE buys the game, but I also hope that they clean house to get rid of the dead weight pathetic losers that haven’t done jack to ACTUALLY improve the game in over a decade!

The game itself is ancient. Not the concept, but the actual game client. The installer is so old that it reminds you of installing games back on Windows 95.

The character haven’t had real updates in over a decade, and instead of making beautiful deep dungeon zones like they used to for expansions, they just reuse pre-existing dungeons from the past with new higher level mobs in them.

Hell the damn UI doesn’t even scale to work on HD monitors little lone 4k. You need a magnifying glass to read anything if you play it on anything higher than 1084 resolution.

Don’t get me wrong. The game design itself is good, but that is only because it was good 20 years ago. They have not done anything in 15 years to improve the game. They just keep putting out craptastic expansions and charging people MORE than the cost of a triple A game on XBOX ONE or PS4 for it.

Daybreak Games is a 100% ripoff company that disgraces the game IPs they own.

The worst part of all is that their customer service protects those people that cheat, and punishes those people that don’t. There is so much shadiness going on at Daybreak Games, that it’s an absolute miracle that ANYBODY still pays them money for their games.

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I like rainbow bunny pets




I just don’t see what Pearl Abyss has to gain from a deal like this.

I struggle to think of anything Daybreak has that’s worth buying. EverQuest is a dead franchise at this point and BDO is immensely more profitable. Pearl Abyss is already working on shooters of their own.


I’ve would of called it something else as that reads as “They Break Games Grand Unification Theory” to me. /sigh


Hmm, splitting the whole into smaller studios might make sense now.
Daybreak is probably not allowed to sell out including DCUO for example.
Split it all up and PA takes what they want.

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Daybreak is being sold to Pearl Abyss, who in turn are being sold to Elf Butts LLC.