The Daily Grind: How do you feel about the new Daybreak situation?

    
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Really, whatever.

We’ve all had a couple of days to process the news that Daybreak Games is splitting most of itself into smaller sub-studios each controlling a small portion of games, and yet it’s still a bit hard to process. I’ve already written about it extensively and it still feels weird. We’ve obviously all been on train acknowledging that Daybreak has been in a stormy position for some time now, and yet I don’t think anyone is really ready for the idea that something as fundamental as the co-branding of these titles might be coming to an end.

Of course, there are a lot of ways to feel about this. Some fans might be feeling terror at the thought that Daybreak could totally fall apart, leaving the individual games and studios in free-fall. Others might be excited that a new owner could revitalize franchises like EverQuest after Daybreak showed a lack of willingness, available funds, or both. And some people, let’s face it, are going to wonder why anyone would care in the first place (because someone always asks that). So what about you, dear readers? How do you feel about the new Daybreak situation and where do you think the company is going as a whole?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Wolfhammer69
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Wolfhammer69

I still want my EQ III or Next which so far had no chance. I prefer to think after some interviews with Holly that my wish has more chance now.

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MolleaFauss

Not unexpected. The games will pass hands, but honestly no idea who will pick them up.
Just worried that the business models will be shuffled again (“modernized”) leading to the downfall of them.
DCUO is the only one that might resist, but hoping it ends in WB as in the end it’s following the cadence of comics and movies, probably cumbersome to have an extra entity to agree on contract and licensing.
The extra games they’re developing? None will happen. Most will be tried to be ported to mobile.

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Random MMO fan

It is kind of unfortunate for people who work there but I do not really care what happens to games themselves. EQ2 was fun for a while but honestly it was essentially just another fantasy MMO, I do not care if there will be another EQ since there will be plenty of other MMOs with similar gameplay (maybe not copying every mechanics).

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Daniel Miller

Never heard of them. Is this a morning talk or radio show?

I have heard of eq, but never played it. It was said tobbe a lower frade ffxi.

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oldandgrumpy

I gave up caring about this studio quite a while ago. I do not play any of their games anymore nor am I ever likely to in the future.

Long gone are the days when it was EQ or UO that were the only choices. Pity those in management don’t appreciated that.

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jay

I really don’t have any feelings about it, and won’t until we see where each of the subsidiaries end up. If the EQ franchise is bought up by a reputable dev team and they actually bring it back from the ashes I’ll be ecstatic.

If someone like gamersfirst buys it up…I’ll just write it off and move on with my life without ever looking back.

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Sray

I’m surprised that it’s taken them this long to get to the point where the company is completely modular and easily sold off in pieces. The type of firm that purchased SOE/Daybreak (Columbus Nova, or whatever load of crap they tried to make us believe) generally only buys up this sort of company in order to sell off the parts more profitably. It probably took them this long to sweep away any senior management that would have stood in the way. Over the next couple years, I expect the owners to sell it off piecemeal.

And I have no strong feelings about that one way or the other.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I decided a while back there wasn’t any good reason to give them any money as it was most likely not a good idea.

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Anstalt

I don’t really feel anything as I’m not playing any of the games they run.

So, from an outsiders point of view, this just feels like a continuation of the downfall of SOE. It’s not really news, its been happening for years, this is just the latest chapter.

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hooby _

I always felt that in an increasingly stagnant genre, Everquest Next was the only game trying to do something fresh and new and innovative.

Right from the start I feared that Daybreak was only claiming to keep EQN alive in order to make more money from Landmark – without being financially able to actually continue development.

Whatever happens next – if there is only the slightest sliver of hope that someone might pick up EQN and finish it up and actually release it… then that’s what I’ll be rooting for, no matter how unlikely.

Many years have passed – but the ideas and concepts that made EQN interesting still are fresh, innovative and unsurpassed to this very day.