Former EverQuest boss Holly Longdale scooped up by Blizzard to work on WoW Classic

    
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And over and over.

Daybreak’s Holly Longdale raised a lot of eyebrows a month ago when she announced she was departing the Darkpaw Games sub-unit and leaving behind the EverQuest and EverQuest II franchise, which she’d helmed for many years. It was particularly surprising given that she’d spent the better part of the last year hinting at a future game in the franchise. Darkpaw was also just a few weeks public at that point too.

At the time, all Longdale said was that she was exiting Daybreak for a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that [she] owe[s] to all the players and developers of EverQuest and EverQuest II.” That led MMO gamers to speculate on her destination; everywhere from Amazon to Playable Worlds.

But they were all wrong, as today we know where she’s gone: Blizzard. Her Linkedin page now says she’s working at a Principal Game Producer at Blizzard. “Recently joined Blizzard to focus on World of Warcraft Classic,” the page says.

Darkpaw and EverQuest were left in the apparently capable hands of Jennifer Chan, who’s already put out a player address and a big patch for EQII as of yesterday.

Source: Linkedin. Thanks, Wilhelm!

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Alyn

Grats Holly!

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Neurotic

I’m very glad Holly found a port in this storm. I think that if we set aside all the bitterness about EQ’s past and the cattiness about Blizzard’s present and future, this is a great move for Holly and a huge win for Blizzard. They need good people like her to steer themselves out of all the hot water they seem to love navigating. So bravo all around!

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Andrew Peters

I’m an EQ2 player and fan. I’m glad she left. She ruined EQ2. The game continually implemented bad designs, poor itemization and insulting mechanics under her tenure. She was shit.

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Adam Russell

Everyone is like “woa thats the last place I thought she would go”. Then there has to be that one guy that posts “Did anyone really not know she was going to Blizzard”? With perfect rear view vision.

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Armsman

I wonder: Was she ever a member of the old “Legacy Of Steel” guild (which was full of Blizz Devs at the time taking notes on what to ‘borrow’ from EQ for that MMO they were developing back in the early days of EQ – what was it called?…Oh yeah, World Of Warcraft… ;)

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Jo Watt

Tbh. Even if true. The fact remains WoW did everything right. I’m a big EQ fan. Was my first mmo instead of WoW. But the only mmo I find myself going back to is WoW these days. EQ just went downhill.

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Joseph Groulx

Happy for her, she was really cool as the EP of Daybreak, but DB/Darkpaw is going nowhere fast and I’m happy she found something better.

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Adam Russell

Not sure Id call wow classic better. Aside from the normal eq animosity for wow, there is also the fact that wow classic is pretty much already done and probably wont last long to boot.

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Jeremy Barnes

I’m guessing that “Classic” refers to more than the existing vanilla servers and includes the upcoming expansion servers.

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ballarlonguild

I ain’t quite sure which might be the saddest.. That either Darkpaw pays worst than Blizzard(which from what I here Blizzards wages for Dev Teams are crap cause Blizzard employees work there because its a “privilege”) or Darkpaw just rid of her so she “resigned”..

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Ben Stone

Given the time between the announcement and her new job, its super unlikely she resigned. Also there is no way in hell that key Blizzard devs and producers are getting paid less, although I am sure the entry level jobs pay much less.

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Ben Stone

Ah meant to have quotes there – “resigned”.

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Loopy

Looking from a “glass half full” perspective, this to me means that Blizz is intending to support Classic for the foreseeable future, which i’m totally cool with.

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Ben Stone

I think it would be related to the Burning Crusade Classic they were inquiring players about. Regular Classic is nearly in maintenance mode now and wouldn’t need a producer.

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warroth weill

Yeah no server merges and its more populated than ever now.
There are currently 12 full servers in US and 7full servers in EU(currently off peak in EU as well, its the middle of the night here)
https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/game/status/classic-us

Also there has been no server merges, and blizzard is asking for feedback if players wants layers back instead of hours long queues.

Classic is a huge success.

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Java Jawa

Great and happy for her.

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Stovakor21

make sense now why wow had the 30 day double xp , incoming $40 xp potions.