The Daily Grind: Are you more hopeful about Daybreak after the latest sale?

Tink tink.

There’s a strong sense of cynicism around these parts when it comes to Daybreak, probably due to how frequently Daybreak goes to extreme lengths to Daybreak. But now Daybreak has been acquired by another company, again, and the acquisition seems to have gone off as one big sale even after Daybreak’s last owner went to a lot of trouble to carve the company up into separately salable fragments. This raises a reasonable question: Are you any more hopeful about Daybreak now?

On the one hand, it could be argued that part of the problem Daybreak had was no one in charge and able to make decisions external to the company, and that could change substantially now. On the other hand, it’s not yet altogether clear if this will represent a major day-to-day shift in corporate philosophy, though so far we’ve gotten a detailed dive into the numbers that might actually give us hope. So are you any more hopeful? Less hopeful? About the same?

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1 year ago

Hope springs eternal… I guess.

I’m indifferent at this point. We will see what happens, but my hopes for DB were dashed long ago.

Denice J. Cook
1 year ago

I’m more hopeful. After all the team separations, I was expecting chop-shop piecemeal sales to whatever 3rd world country “grinder lockbox frenzy” companies they could find.

Whew! And it’s nice to be with Swedes this time, instead of being embroiled with crooked Russian oligarchs, yeesh.

EG7 already confirmed on the first day that they’re backing all Daybreak’s lifetime subs. That shows integrity right there. When other games like APB, Hellgate etc. were bought out and taken over by other companies, it was restarts from ground zero with no credit for anything prior, and that’s what could have happened here.

1 year ago

Are they actually going to let us choose from 4 faces now in DCUO with the graphical upgrade?

1 year ago

Maybe? Depends on if the move means that they’ll actually be doing active development and trying to make new games again, VS basically maintaining what they’ve got and updating here/there.

1 year ago

Not yet. I’m happy for the new transparency but so much of the future talk seems like pure fantasy to me (LotRO on consoles for instance). Once we see if anything actually happens or changes then I’ll get more hopeful (hopefully).

I will say at the very least I am now hopeful about better transparency on at least how the games are doing overall. I suspect day to day issues and bugs will still tight lipped though.

1 year ago

Unless they fire all the Daybreak management and take over things completely, I don’t think anything will change. The games will continue to be milked with high prices for minimal development, minimal staff.

1 year ago

I am! This EG7 conglomerate might have as generic a name as that Columbus Nova thingy, but they actually seem to have something to do with games. Also the end of this ridiculous secrecy (“No, don’t tell anyone we own SSG!”) is a plus. And the published figures are better than what I had expected. Too early to tell, of course, but for now these are some positive signs.

1 year ago

Smells like the motives are more business development than seeking creative opportunity. But would like to be surprised.

Dug From The Earth
1 year ago

Hopeful for a company that runs really really old games?


Matthew Yetter
1 year ago

I have about as much faith in Daybreak now as I did in SOE. Which is to say that it’s a good thing faith isn’t water as mine wouldn’t hydrate an ant at this point.