It's Official - End of EQNext

Discussion in 'General Gameplay Discussion' started by Mizgamer62, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Mizgamer62 Feldon Fan Club Member

    EQN News: A Letter from Daybreak's President

    To Our Daybreak Community,
    I’m writing today to let you know that, after much review and consideration, Daybreak is discontinuing development of EverQuest Next.
    For the past 20 years EverQuest has been a labor of love. What started as a deep passion of ours, as game creators, grew into a much larger passion shared by you, millions of players and Daybreakers alike. Watching EverQuest’s ability to entertain and bring people together has inspired and humbled us. It’s shaped our culture and has emboldened us to take aggressive risks with our game ideas and products. When we decided to create the next chapter in the EverQuest journey, we didn’t aim low. We set out to make something revolutionary.
    For those familiar with the internals of game development, you know that cancellations are a reality we must face from time to time. Inherent to the creative process are dreaming big, pushing hard and being brutally honest with where you land. In the case of EverQuest Next, we accomplished incredible feats that astonished industry insiders. Unfortunately, as we put together the pieces, we found that it wasn’t fun. We know you have high standards when it comes to Norrath and we do too. In final review, we had to face the fact that EverQuest Nextwould not meet the expectations we – and all of you – have for the worlds of Norrath.
    The future of the EverQuest franchise as a whole is important to us here at Daybreak.EverQuest in all its forms is near and dear to our hearts. EverQuest and EverQuest II are going strong. Rest assured that our passion to grow the world of EverQuest remains undiminished.
    Yours truly,
    Russell Shanks
    President, Daybreak Games
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  2. Raff Well-Known Member

    Never like the character artwork anyway. The entire concept never seemed like a fitting successor to Norrath.
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  3. CoLD MeTaL Well-Known Member

    They could have made a ton, just updating the graphics and game engine, and keeping the root the same instead of trying to be 'groundbreaking' in an MMO.
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  4. NrthnStar5 Well-Known Member

    Well there we have it. My hope is that this decision is because the game was going in the wrong direction and did not hold true to the spirit of the franchise. I also hope this doesn't mean we won't ever see a new Everquest game. I think a new Everquest would be wildly successful if it was a) modern, realistic graphics, b) take the best of EQ1 & EQ2, c) seamless dynamic world, and d) sandbox style freedoms.
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  5. Enric_of_Neriak Member

    Does this mean more resources for EQ II?
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  6. DevilOcelot New Member

    Not surprising. With so many people getting canned when the company got bought up, they have very little resources to work with. On top of that, the company has most of its focus on it's pet project H1Z1 while keeping with the bare minimum on their other games. H1Z1 was supposed to be a free to play game and now they are making it two separate games and charging for both.

    I understand a company should strive to make money, but with the way how this whole thing has been handled just shows the company's bottom line is nothing but to make a profit. There's no innovation, they just seem to only now go for the easy money, H1Z1, which is yet another dime a dozen BR/zombie survival game.
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  7. Lara kelly Member

    It did look way too cartoony anyway...
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  8. SandsMans Active Member

    I hope some of the dev resources get put back into EQ2.
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  9. CoffeeHound Member

    Well, damn. Even though most of us already realized it was dead, it still hurts to see the official notice.

    Thanks for trying guys... I hope no one lost their dream job.
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  10. HaphazardAllure Well-Known Member

    I'm crossing my fingers for this!
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  11. Xanndarr New Member

    yeah to

    much like wow
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  12. Venur Active Member

    I'm sad since I had big hope for EQN. Both EQ and EQ2 are too outdated for my taste. EQ1 is now more of a solo game when your not at lvl cap with 7k AA and EQ2 made the mistake of creating archetype. We don't even have a 2h DPS class neither a plate DPS. Some Tier 2 archetype just don't bring anything new.

    Also lets face it, daybreak doesn't work hard on class balancing and some core issue remain a problems after several years. its just ridiculous that all summoners pet beside the mage ones are broken (or have they finally fixed it ? ).

    I've started to play everquest 17 years ago and anjoyed the franchise for over a decade. But several issue in EQ2 just made me stop to play EQ2 as my main MMO and sadly the market is just boring now I'd say.
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  13. Venur Active Member

    You can say its too cartoony for you buts its like miles away of WoW. I'd say its closer to EQ2 elves then any WoW toon
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  14. Xillean Well-Known Member

    I really hope that means eq1 and eq2 will be getting some more resource lovin soon then!
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  15. Berserkerkitten Well-Known Member

    I don't wanna say I told you so, but that's a lie and I totally freaking told you so again and again and again and THANK FKN GOD! Now how about putting some more resources back into EQ/EQ2? :p
    Hope they're not gonna do something stupid. "Don't worry, this franchise you love so much is still going strong" is usually the last thing you hear before they shut it down.
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  16. Carni Active Member

    I never cared for the look anyways, it would have not seemed like a continuation of Norrath at all. My question is, will Landmark get a big push and proper resources delegated, or is this upcoming launch simply to avoid issuing refunds?
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  17. Mizgamer62 Feldon Fan Club Member

    Below is a portion of the information from Feldon's site EQ2Wire that was posted today. Go there for more information on this topic.

    Meanwhile, Landmark will officially launch as a live game in Spring 2016 according to EverQuest,EverQuest II, and now Landmark Executive Producer Holly “Windstalker” Longdale on the Landmark forums:
    To Our Loyal Landmark Community,
    You read the title right: Landmark is LAUNCHING this spring and I’m thrilled to be on this adventure with you!
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  18. Maldek Active Member


    I still hope for an EQ3 but like others are saying, not "groundbreaking" but instead a return to form: an immersive MMO world with a balanced game engine updated for modern computers that would be written more efficiently so as to deliver less lag and better graphics. The lore of Norrath is already there and will continue to engage players in quests, crafting, groups, and raids. The only thing it needs is a facelift and a little bit of marketing to revitalize the franchise.
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  19. Rainmare Well-Known Member

    except I doubt we're going to get 'more resources'. they probably just shifted them to Landmark. bleh.
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  20. UBiLL Member

    I like the ¨ It wasn't fun ¨ reason to kill a game.
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