EG7 Q1 2021 financials: The Daybreak MMOs are headed to the 4Game platform

    
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The buyout of Daybreak by Swedish games company Enad Global 7 was one of the biggest MMO stories of 2020, and it’s remained a sign of hope from players for the studio once beloved as SOE. Readers will recall that EG7 seemingly immediately got to work shoring up Daybreak’s weak spots, dumping out information and data about the games. Less than a month ago, EG7’s Robin Flodin addressed the Daybreak community directly, promising support to the live MMOs and even teasing efforts toward rescuing H1Z1 – and resurrecting Just Survive.

This week’s investor report suggests that thus far the buyouts have been good for EG7, as the company claimed its best quarter ever with growth of 112%, though it looks like next quarter will be even bigger as the company realizes two more acquisitions.

Of course, what you want to know is what’s new with the MMORPGs, and apparently EG7 has decided to bundle all of Daybreak’s MMOs into the 4Game platform that it just acquired with the Innova buyout. Just what you wanted, a new platform to download old MMOs on. “EG7 plans to add its own current and future titles to 4Game in order to reduce the margin loss that traditional distribution platforms entail,” the interim report says. We spy both EverQuests, PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online, Lord of the Rings Online, H1Z1, and Mechwarrior Online on the list.

Let us also direct your attention to the “unannounced AAA-MMO” listed in the company’s pipeline. We’re assuming this is the Jack Emmert-led effort going on at the DC Universe Online Daybreak substudio Dimensional Ink, but who knows. During the video presentation, Robin Flodin says it belongs to “one of the greatest brands in the world.”

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EG7 posted its investor presentation as a snazzy video too, beginning with a friendly hello to the anxious gamers listening (ahem).

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Stoli

Any chance of them reviving Vanguard SOH?

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Rottenrotny

I enjoyed H1Z1 at first. Wouldn’t mind seeing that one get fixed up for re-release.

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Bill Mann

Do you plan on joining the NYSE?

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Stork Blast

Does this mean these games will be on two platforms, Steam and 4Play? or will they move from Steam to 4Play? Could this also be a reason that the current trading situation is down for these games? Because atleast for H1z1, trading has been disabled by Daybreak lately.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

If I recall correctly, the Daybreak stuff on Steam just launches their current launchers and you log into the games from there. Your game accounts are not tied to your Steam account, so the integration is very loose. (Unlike EVE Online, where your account is locked to Steam.) They could probably just have Steam launch the 4Games launcher and call it a day. EG7’s goal sounds like they just want you to have to go to a launcher where you see all the other wonderful titles they offer.

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Stork Blast

No, not anymore. There is no longer a daybreak launcher involved. It launches directly from Steam nowadays.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

If your Steam account is also your Daybreak account, a tight integration, I imagine they will just leave it in place. No need in pissing off their users on Steam. But I suspect that they will no longer emphasize that their games are available on Steam.

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Jack Pipsam

I remember when EnMass made such a big fuss about transferring everyone playing Tera onto the new launcher, lasted a few months before they got shut-down. I think NCSoft had one and of course SOE used to have a universal launcher themselves at one point.

If it’s optional then fine, whatever, but as soon as it becomes required is when it really gets annoying, like with the Perfect World Arc stuff.

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Java Jawa

This is starting to turn into streaming wars, everyone has to have their own platform and before we know it we’ll have two dozen clients to play a dozen games — don’t check the math, it’s corporate sorcery.

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Greaterdivinity

Not streaming, just platforms/launchers. This was a bit of a thing for a hot second when Steam was blowing up and everyone wanted their own ecosystem, it saw the creation of uplay/Origin and some others like Glyph for Rift.

Everyone likes having their own ecosystem for a lot of reasons. You can get a ton more player use data out of them, you avoid paying a cut to another storefront, it gives you a lot more control over the “launcher experience” etc.

As long as they’ve got game shortcuts, whatever. I’ve largely just replaced my old “game shortcut folder” with my “game launcher folder” so I can pop open whatever I need to to play whatever games I want. Sure, it’s not as convenient as having your entire library natively on Steam, but sometimes I think of it as a scavenger hunt. “Which storefront did I have this game installed on…let’s see if I can remember!”

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Dug From The Earth

For me it just means I cant keep the launchers open all the time anymore, because its just too many system resources to do so.

Its an inconvenience to be sure, but not the end of the world.

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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, it can eat up RAM/CPU if you have too many open but overall it’s a minor inconvenience. Unless you’re doing a lot of game hopping between like 4-5 different persistent launchers it likely won’t matter too much for most folks.

As you say, it’s an inconvenience, but given that they all deliver automatic updates and handle some of the inconvenience from ye-olden days IMO it’s not a bad tradeoff.

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Ardra Diva

oh bloody hell. So we have to reinstall on a new platform like BDO made us do recently?

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tentimes

“The Daybreak MMOs are headed to the 4Game platform” – this means what exactly? What is the effect on players? I am totally confused by this article.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

You know how all the Blizzard titles are in just one launcher? Probably the same thing, only likely not as smooth or well designed, and there will no doubt be an awkward transition. Hopefully it will include a “find game” feature that won’t force you to reinstall.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

“the studio once beloved as SOE”

“Beloved”? Seriously? Tolerated, maybe. Despised, frequently. Beloved, not by many, not often and definitely never for long.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Let’s not take the forum anger too seriously. There is a lot of nostalgic warm and fuzzy feelings for the early days of the company, at least on the EverQuest front. They have been a Don Knotts sort of hero, bumbling through despite some limitations.

And at least they didn’t claim that “Daybreak” was beloved.

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Crowe

Actually, I was more confused by “The buyout of Daybreak by Swedish games company Enad Global 7 was one of the biggest MMO stories of 2020…” Really? I didn’t give it much more than a “minor footnote” in terms of status. I mean, yes, 2020 was yet another year of a continuing drought for MMOs but another Daybreak buyout was just a minor thing.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Odd how the only Daybreak community he ever mentions in the H1Z1 players. I guess they are complaining the loudest. (EQII players need to redouble their efforts to regain that crown.) I hope he realizes that they are unlikely to be appeased.

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TheDarthStomper

The EQ2 community is a shadow of its former self. So many people have given up on that title and just left (myself included). I wager there just aren’t enough people left who care enough to make the noise.

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Java Jawa

Same boat, been holding out a small glimmer of hope for that fabled EQ3 game.

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Vanquesse V

definition of insanity and all that.