The Daily Grind: Are you worried about the fate of EverQuest right now?

    
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Past is just practice.

Ever since last Friday’s latest Daybreak drama – the announcement that longtime EverQuest franchise head Holly Longdale was leaving the studio for some big new opportunity – people have been moaning and worrying about the fate of the games.

But I’m not that worried. Don’t get me wrong: Longdale was a fixture, and even though there were things I did not love about her tenure (like, say, the still-smarting cancellation of EverQuest Next, or the continuing teases she made for the next possible game), I attribute most of the shenanigans to Daybreak itself, not to her. She also kept the games going with successive updates. That counts for a lot.

Either way, I don’t think Daybreak spun up these sub-studios to cancel games with valuable IPs. And interviews with Longdale’s replacement, Jennifer Chan – here’s one MMO blogger Wilhelm sent our way from just a year ago – show her to be remarkably capable and (I’ll say it) bullshit-free. I’m curious to see where she takes the team.

Are you worried about the fate of EverQuest right now?

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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Ben Stone

The best thing they could do for the franchise at this point is sell the IP to someone who can actually use it.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Why would I be? I’ve never played it, have no interest in playing it.

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Sorenthaz

I’ve had absolutely 0 investment in the Everquest franchise outside of knowing its historical significance and being a fan of the works from some former EQ devs. It’s unfortunate that EQ’s getting thrown down this path but I’m not really worried about it since I didn’t have a strong attachment to the series in the first place. That and it’s fairly clear that Daybreak is nothing like SOE outside of a few teams that are maintaining/updating stuff like DCUO.

oldandgrumpy
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oldandgrumpy

Nope. It’s fate was decided when SOE sold it off.

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squid

The botters killed Everquest years ago.

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Robert Trey Hardy

No,the Butlers did. Then they took to Vanguard and took care of it as well.

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Utakata

I would have less worries about that IP if it where under more competent and sustainable management.

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Does not check email

What the wise pink one said

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Gonsec

I’ve never seen a consumer good, product, game, etc. that has been more neglected than the EQ franchise has. It’s one of the few examples of international sales that I’ve seen people begging to buy something from a company but the company refusing to sell it.

I don’t care about Holly. I personally thought she was bad at her job. But anyone was better than John Smedley.

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Sarah Cushaway

Mostly just sad how abused and squandered this IP is.

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Kayweg

I believe that sooner or later the Everquest IP will end up in more competent hands than it is now and has been for a number of years.
It’s just too iconic a name not to.
As for the current games (EQ and EQ2), no worries, since i don’t play them and don’t plan to.
But i honestly can’t imagine a prolonged, or even bright, future for them.

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Robert Trey Hardy

We said the same thing about UO…..

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flatline4400

Nah, EQ will be fine, one way or the other. The TLP / Nostalgia servers still bring in a lot of money, and it costs almost nothing to keep them running. The sub-studios might get sold off to someone else, but that could be a shot in the arm, if anything.