Rumor: Daybreak was working on a Marvel MMORPG until last year

    
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Rumor: Daybreak was working on a Marvel MMORPG until last year

If there are two constant news stories about Daybreak Game Company that we handle, it’s that the studio keeps going through rounds of layoffs and that it keeps promising that a lot of things are being developed behind closed doors. Speaking of both of these events, one poster on Reddit alleges that some anonymous Daybreak employees revealed that the studio had been working on a Marvel MMORPG prior to the December 2018 layoffs – the “secret game with a top IP” that was canceled.

“A multiplayer game set in Marvel universe was in the works at Daybreak Games according to numerous posts by former employees,” the poster claimed. “Daybreak, known for EverQuest and DC Universe Online, was working on the unannounced game for most of 2018 before it was seemingly cancelled.” The sources for these allegations come from various (unlinked) forum posts and a few pieces of concept art. Job listings from 2017 seem to corroborate the timeline with mentions of hirings for a “hugely popular IP.” The Reddit post claimed that a developer said that the Marvel MMO had “top down issues” and was most likely no longer in development.

As our readers know, we wouldn’t normally pass along rumors from “some guy on the internet,” but the Marvel claim was previously relayed to us by a trustworthy source who didn’t want to be unwittingly outed, so it’s nice that someone’s done that for them now. So there you go, it’s out now. Go ahead and feel sad that we didn’t get another Marvel MMO – and that Daybreak didn’t get the cash flow of running one.

Source: Reddit

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wratts

Guess my first reaction is serious doubt. Between what would seem to me a conflict of interest with their engagement with DCUO, and the rivalry between Sony and Disney that likely would have at least partially carried over with SOE staff that went to DBG, it just seems unlikely that Marvel/Disney would seek out DBG as a partner to license their IP.

Obviously could be totally wrong, but my gut says that was never really going to happen.

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Ryan Allgood

I’m torn on the idea of a marvel MMO. Personally I don’t care for DCUO at all, even though I like DC comics and characters.

I think the “create your own hero” thing works excellently in stuff like City of Heroes and it’s successors because they’re brand new IPs. They can mold their “lore” characters after the game systems.

While a “create your own hero” style set in an existing IP, especially one like Marvel, just makes your hero feel *extremely* generic, imo. I find myself wishing I could play as my favorite characters instead of a cheap knock off with more generic powers.

But I also think playing as the actual marvel characters works better in an ARPG like Marvel Heroes was, or like the new co-op one coming from Square.

So I think a Marvel MMO would just have me wishing that it was just City of Heroes 2 or Marvel Heroes 2.

Also almost goes without saying I would *not* want Daybreak in charge of it.

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Crowe

I like Marvel and often wonder what a “real” MMO set in the Marvel world would be like. Somewhere I could create my own characters rather than just play one of 30 different skinned Spider-mans. But Emmert already had a shot at a Marvel MMO once and I can’t believe Disney would have been stupid enough to give him (or any company he’s working with) a second try.

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NeoWolf

Marvel MMO a reality 0 for 2… maybe the 3rd times a charm?

someone?

anyone?

*sigh*… someday… :(

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Greaterdivinity

I’m skeptical of this for two reasons –

1. Daybreak hasn’t been doing great for a while, and I’d be surprised if Marvel (Disney) took a look at the company and said, “Yeah, this is a company we want to work with who will make a high quality title for us and not have more rounds of layoffs.”

2. The Squeenix Marvel game, especially since that’s apparently got online components for co-op play. I can’t imagine Marvel sending that out against a somewhat similar online-only version during a similar timeframe (unless this Marvel game would have been years off still)

Not out of the picture, but I’m still skeptical…

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McGuffn

agreed. gazillion had a better reputation.

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Sargonnax

Daybreak is a joke and shouldn’t be trusted till they prove they are capable of actually creating a mmo, and it doesn’t seem like that will ever happen. They can barely run the games they bought so why would anyone think it’s a good idea to give them the ok to create a marvel mmo? Out of all of the companies that could do it someone actually thought Daybreak was a good idea?

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Alyn

aw well then let’s us just take a bit to smile.

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Jack Pipsam

I wonder how WB would have felt about that, unless Daybreak thinks their contract with WB is going away, although I don’t see why that would be.

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Connor

“Daybreak was working”

Nahhhhhhh

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Eamil

Hey, remember when Daybreak released a game?

Me either.