[Addendum: A year after this post I reviewed how the rumors may have played out.]
Because we just can’t stop staring at Daybreak now that they’ve drawn our attention.
Over at Massively OP they reported on a Reddit post by an alleged former Daybreak staffer who was part of the big layoff and who decided to spilled the beans on what the company has under wraps. I am going to quote the substance of the post just to have it here for reference now and in the future.
The list re-ordered for narrative flow and importance to me:
Everquest will have one last expansion. The 20th anniversary will introduce a series of nostalgic raids that tie into complex quests. These quests can be done in order to grant alternate characters powerful scaling weapons.
Well, I have long asked how many expansions could EverQuest sustain. 20 years is a pretty good run, and I imagine that they’ll keep playing the progression server card. But it will be a sad day when the final expansion hits and Norrath reaches its final size.
Everquest 2 will also have one last expansion and eventually a similar series of send-off weapon quests and raids.
It seems like 2019 (or 2018) will be a final kiss-off for the slowly dwindling and increasingly bitter base of Norrath fans. EQII will have made it to 15 years but won’t end up with nearly the immense scope of places that EQ has. Another sad day for the MMO with my favorite housing scheme ever.
Everquest 3 has been back in development for a year and is being rebuilt from the ground up. It aims to compete with Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and to be the first fantasy MMORPG to put an emphasis on team battle royal PvP.
I guess we should be happy about this, but after the first EverQuest Next announcement, then the restart, then the voxel word promises and Landmark and the faked AI in all the demos and the final cancellation I cannot find any enthusiasm for this at the moment.
There was a rumor going about last year that there was a Norrath based multiplayer RPG in the works that would not be an MMORPG, but I guess once you are on the stage with the other MMOs it is hard not to keep going that direction.
The idea of competing with Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen AND injecting the flavor of the month feature of battle royale PvP seems silly. Would picking a focus be too much to ask? And what would team battle royal PvP be anyway, and how would it be different from World of Warcraft battlegrounds?
I realize this isn’t an official announcement, but they have a lot to sell on this one if it is anywhere close to true.
Just Survive is on its last legs. Several ideas for increasing profits have been floated around but at this point it looks like a sunset is most likely.
Not unexpected. Certainly the most credible item on the list. The name seemed too on the nose when it was given, like naming a mayfly “dead by Friday.”
Planetside 2 was supposed to be getting new character models and animations in May. A new map and an aircraft carrier are planned for the end of the year.
Sounds okay I guess, unless you’re planning to replace the game.
Planetside 3 is in early development. Other teams will be siphoned into this project next year. This will be a team based battle royal game that combines the building aspect of Fortnite with territory acquisition.
Oh, you’re planning to replace the game. The ghost of Smed continues to wander the halls of Daybreak I guess, which is odd because he isn’t actually dead. And, of course, battle royale figures into it because of course it does. Doesn’t Daybreak already have a battle royale game in H1Z1?
H1Z1 will get a smaller map as well as a remake of “Z1”. The PS4 port is looking good. After that new skins will continue to be released but most of the team will be moved over to Planetside 3.
Drop work on the current battle royale game save for cash shop items so you can work on the new battle royale game, which will probably launch when the market has gone well past saturation and will have to be altered to fit whatever the flavor of the month is at that time.
Well, down 70 people and with a handful of games to maintain I guess they have to make some tough choices if they ever want to launch anything new.
Of course, this could all be nonsense or misdirection too. You can’t really know from the outside. But I figured I would mark the moment so we can return to it later and see if any of it plays out.
I doubt there will be any official response to any of this, but we’ll all keep an eye out for announcements in the distant future from the house that Jason Epstein built.
Others on these rumors: