Daybreak says its studio split-up will have ‘no impact’ on Standing Stone, LOTRO, or DDO

    
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Following the big (but not unexpected) announcement that Daybreak is fracturing into a trio of studios underneath a publishing arm, one of the questions that has arisen is what might happen to the two MMORPGs that the company publishes for Standing Stone Games.

Fans of Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online can pour a big glass of calm-down juice at this announcement, apparently. According to both SSG and Daybreak, both titles are unaffected by the company restructuring.

DCUO’s new studio, Dimensional Ink, addressed this issue in its FAQ: “Standing Stone Games will remain the same and continue to develop and operate Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online. Daybreak will continue to provide publishing support for the games. There will be no impact on LOTRO or DDO service. ”

“We’ve been seeing the news as well,” said SSG Community Manager Jerry Snook on the LOTRO forums. “This announcement is expected to have no impact on us, how we work, or what we do.”

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jay

The whole reason they subdivided the games into different subsidiaries is so that they can sell the subsidiaries off (games assets etc) without impacting the others. This is standard practice in the corporate world.

If they don’t have 100% control of standing stone, lotro, ddo etc then they can’t do this with those titles. Which is why they are untouched as yet.

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rafael12104

Yup. Much easier to show value too as separate entities.

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Ardra Ventax

I hope nothing bad happens to LOTRO. it’s an all-time-great MMO.

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Techno Wizard

They are taking the Hobbit’s to Isengard!

Sorry, that one never gets old for me.

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Eamil

The hobbits the hobbits the hobbits the hobbits
To Isengard! To Isengard!

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Stormwaltz

“Isengard bids five for SSG.”

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Jack Pipsam

I wish we’d actually get proper confirmation on if SSG is owned by them or if Daybreak has a stake or what. They’re not as interconnected in terms of the accounts (and I *presume* SSG still operates their own servers). But they seemingly have been coy from what I’ve seen (I can be proven wrong) on saying one way or another who owns what.

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Castagere Shaikura

Too bad, LOTRO needs to get rid of those zone quest packs they sell. I feel like I wasted money on expansions because I can’t quest in some zones unless I buy them. It’s pure greed. No other MMO sells zone quest packs.

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Giggilybits

I think Mines of Moria is intact but bought Mordor think don’t even think there is enough quests to hit max level. Could be wrong though.

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Robert Mann

There’s more than enough, actually. But yes, the business model is very bad if you look at it from a pure cash perspective for catch up. The only way it isn’t is if you play for points to buy stuff, which is okay as long as you enjoy lots of alts.

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Tandor

Or you subscribe, which is not a dirty word but a perfectly reasonable way of contributing to a game for those who don’t take the term “Free To Play” too literally.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

back in the dady when i played LOTRO up to 2011, I enjoyed being able to buy zones a la carte. i was able to level all the characters i wanted without having to VIP and it was great. it made it like buy to play. i’d buy new zones during holiday sales too to make it an even sweeter deal.

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velimirius

disgusting business model, one of the reasons im not playing it.

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Dark Wombat

Actually LOTRO has one of the better business models Ive ever seen in an MMO. In-game deeds gets you LOTRO points, and a subscription gives you access to ALL content unlike ESO.

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Loopy

I am the type of person that never goes “oh that game is developed by X? Screw X!!! They messed up all the games they’ve touched blah blah”. I always separate the game from its studio, and gauge its merits based on what the game offers and not who developed/published it.

Daybreak is different. I trust NOTHING that they say in their statements and media releases, and I expect the lowest of the low qualities in their newly developed games.

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Deadly Habit

Just like when they split up H1Z1 into Just Survive and the Battle Royale. Totally had NO impact on either.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

It’s never been clear what the relationship between Daybreak and SSG is, but over the years, I’ve noted a few things. The LOTRO IP license is in SSG’s name, not Daybreak. Neither LOTRO nor DDO were ever promoted on Daybreak’s site. Daybreak doesn’t seem to be involved in any way in actual game development.

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PanagiotisLial1

I guess they only provide the physical servers and the website structure

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Paragon Lost

They must provide more than that. Since when it came out that they were involved with SSG, I noted that the next time I went to log into LOTRO I had to agree to a Daybreak TOS. What that exactly means, no idea. I just know it didn’t make me happy at the time.

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Robert Mann

Daybreak is publishing them. Basically, they are using services from Daybreak. Since they also still use Xsolla, it is likely that Daybreak is operating the servers, and that is all.

Since there is data back and forth, Daybreak likely wants a TOS there. Because they do want something if you transmit data to them…

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Tobasco da Gama

It’s very clear, Daybreak is their publisher, no more no less.

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Bree Royce

It’s not clear. There’s been a longstanding discussion (with a good pedigree) about the belief that Daybreak actually owns some or all of SSG and isn’t “just a publisher” because even when directly asked (and I have directly asked), nobody will actually confirm or deny anything about it on the record, which is bizarre to say the least. There’s a lot of obfuscation swirling around Daybreak, and there always has been, literally since the day the studio was announced.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Which is not surprising since they gaslighted the whole Columbia Nova thing. You simply can’t get a straight answer from anywhere up high in Daybreak.

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rafael12104

Yup. I believe it is all a shell game so Oligarchs can hide their ill gotten gains.