If Darkpaw develops a new EQ3 from scratch with modern gameplay/technology, they will have to compete with all the other MMOs that are being developed right now, it is expensive and risky, and they can't afford to maintain EQ1/EQ2 at the same time(at least not in a way that will secure the games for the duration a potential EQ3-development will need). They may be able to do well in the competition, but it is not certain at all. It is not certain they will win a new playerbase with that strategy, and it is not certain their current playerbase will migrate to EQ3 either. There is a significant possibility that Darkpaw will crash it they take this gamble. If Darkpaw sticks with EQ1/EQ2 and continue to maintain/upgrade as needed, they can be fairly sure that they will keep their current playerbase and stay afloat for a while longer. If they just let their current games waste away, they are certain they will crash in a few years. Investing money in a game that already has a significant playerbase, is in my opinion a no-brainer. It is a safe bet. Why risk a playerbase you already have, for a small chance to get a new bigger playerbase? Darkpaw can afford to not take that risk.