LOTRO, DDO, EverQuest, DCUO, and PlanetSide 2 studio heads reassure players about Daybreak sale

    
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Following yesterday’s revelation that Daybreak has been sold to Swedish company Enad Global 7 for $300M, the bosses at Daybreak’s substudio have all now posted messages to their communities.

Landon Falls, Senior Producer on Dimensional Ink‘s DC Universe Online, assured his fanbase that “this change will have next to no impact on DCUO’s development” or personnel. “We will still have the independence we have embraced as Dimensional Ink and our plans for the game remain unchanged,” he writes. “Looking far ahead, we expect the additional support in joining EG7 will help make our adventures over the next 10 years as bold and as invigorating as the last 10 years.”

Rogue Planet Games EP Andy Sites addressed PlanetSide 2 players:

“We’re incredibly excited about the long-term opportunities this announcement presents for us as a studio, and for the PlanetSide universe as a whole. Rogue Planet Games is and will continue to be the vision holder of PlanetSide 2 and the overall franchise – nothing about today’s announcement changes that. It just makes us that much more excited for 2021 and beyond. […] I’m sure we’ll have plenty more to share as we head into the new year, but for today I just wanted to reassure all of you that our commitment to PlanetSide 2 remains unwavering.”

EverQuest and EverQuest II players heard similar sentiments from Jennifer Chan, the current head of Darkpaw Games. “Rest assured nothing will change [in regard to the launch date of the franchise expansions this month]. Claws of Veeshan launches on December 8 and Reign of Shadows a week later on December 15. We are excited to bring you these new entries in Norrath’s stories.” But notably, Chan went a smidge further, hinting about the future of the franchise’s existing titles and the franchise’s next big thing too.

“As a studio, you may have already noticed we have been doing some hiring recently in support of reinvestment projects,” she says. “While we aren’t quite ready to discuss the details of those yet, they are in support of the live operations of EverQuest and EverQuest II. Specifically, being acquired by EG7 advances our ability to continue our development in EverQuest and EverQuest 2, and further spur on our ongoing dedication to EverQuest as a brand.”

Standing Stone Games, which EG7 effectively confirmed was owned by Daybreak and is part of the purchase, also issued a statement to Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online players. “We are also excited to be part of such a great collaboration,” SSG’s Rob Ciccolini posted. “We just wanted to let our players know that this will have no impact on the development of Dungeons and Dragons Online, The Lord of the Rings Online, and operations for us at Standing Stone Games. Our teams are working as hard as always to bring new and exciting things to our games in the months and years to come. We’ve been encouraged by your support this year, and we’re hard at work planning 2021 and beyond. We’ll have a more forward-looking Producer’s Letter in the new year, and that is where we’ll talk about Gundabad, our next class, and a whole lot more.”

Our team has spent the morning thus far diving into EG7’s investor report; we’ll have more on that later today. Edit: That’s live now too.

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Claudio Enrico

I’m still wishing to see Daybreak go bankrupt. Morons.

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MilitiaMasterV

“We’ve been bought out, no need to worry that your worlds are collapsing and start panicking. We’ve just got new big boss slave owners who can do whatever they want to our jobs…we’re the ones who are panicking while making statements to cool you off.”

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2Ton Gamer

I would love to hear from Mark Jacobs on a couple of thoughts. I see many fans for LOTRO saying they hope they sink money into the game to upgrade the servers or port to console or visual upgrades (per the slides going around showing plans for 2022). Realistically, how much of a cost is this and does it seem likely they will actually pursue this or is it just fluff you throw into a slide to show to your corporate backers so they feel better about their huge investment?

My thoughts are that they will just leave the small teams in place and keep putting out those over-priced DLC’s/Mini Expacs they have been doing and not invest much into these older games and try to maintain what they have been doing. Maybe they try to look at some mothballed plans (LOTRO circa 2011-2012 console port, or EQN possibly??) to see if some of those are viable, but are they really gonna significantly invest after spending that much money?

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scroll through the comments on this one for Mark and D. Smart:

Daybreak has been sold – again – this time to EG7 Global for $300M

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Freddy

i still owe Daybreak like 61 dollars before my account gets unbanned for a dang chargeback. @EG7 wanna help a fella out? 😂😂

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Dev teams that would not even tell you who owned their studio for years ask for your renewed trust!

-news at 11.

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Ironwu

Typical corporate ‘We’ve been taken over and have new Overlords.’ speeches.

Means absolutely nothing.

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Tobasco da Gama

I haven’t heard anything bad about EG7 on either the Piranha or Daybreak acquisition threads I’ve seen around Reddit and such, so I’m going to allow myself to be cautiously optimistic. At the very least, they could hardly be worse than Daybreak where lack of transparency is concerned.

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Vincent Clark

Wow…we (finally) have official numbers about the LOTRO playerbase.

Total players: 108K

Players who pay a monthly sub: 41K

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Denice J. Cook

I don’t know how anyone can stand playing LoTRO without a sub.

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Bruno Brito

Grinding deeds is relaxing :P

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Tandor

So Daybreak say that nothing will change?

How disappointing.

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Misterpiece84

I picked up PS2 again after a couple of years, the news don’t bother me too much because I’m confident I’ll quit (again) in a couple of weeks when my serial-dying tires me.

I have to say though I don’t undrestand the point in these “statements” issued by the comapnies. They would say those things even if they knew their games were to close next month, so why bother: they are not credible even if they are being honest.