Alternate headline: Daybreak ports 8 year old game to Nintendo platform
It is always nice to see some proof of life from Daybreak now and then, and here we have something of a big item with the team in San Diego supporting another platform.
And so, today, DC Universe Online is available on the Nintendo Switch.
So why do I care? My own relationship with the game was brief at best and, as the alternate headline above (which was the first headline I considered), I am not above a bit of cynicism when it comes to Daybreak.
Also, I don’t own a Switch. That too would seem to limit my interest.
As I said, proof of life and expanding the business seems to be a good sign these days with Daybreak.
To start with, given that Daybreak probably has fewer people on its overall payroll than Blizzard has just working on World of Warcraft, porting a long running MMORPG to a new platform is fairly impressive.
Granted, the game was designed up front with consoles in mind, as the control scheme clearly demonstrates. (A minor factor in my decision to stop playing the game shortly after its launch.) That means that there was groundwork laid to help support new consoles in a way that some of their older games lack. (No console controller save one with a full keyboard could support EverQuest.) Still, supporting the game across Windows, PlayStation 4, XBox One, and now the Switch is a decent feat.
It is apparently more than EA can manage for most of its titles..
But further, the move to the Switch also sounds like something of a success story, that Daybreak is doing something right. You do have to assume that the company isn’t simply throwing good money after bad (see Turbine and Infinite Crisis, also a DC Comics based title), but the fact that DCUO was the top revenue free to play game on the combined PS3/PS4 platforms about five years back gives one hope that the game remains viable. While I have heard via back channels that DCUO remains profitable, it is nice to see something that looks like a confirmation that it remains a viable product.
Of course, this also helps feed the rumor mill about a possible break up of Daybreak. When word of this first started to spread, I assumed that DCUO would necessarily be lumped in with the other non-EverQuest games largely due to it being on consoles. Why would a the Norrath team want that in their house?
But now, with Golden Age Studios also on the list of trademarks and Twitter accounts, as well as DCUO expanding on its own to a new platform, perhaps it will be going its own way, leaving behind both the Norrath and the PlanetSide teams.
Or maybe none of that will come to pass. We will have to wait and see.