Summary of EverQuest Next News on Feb 2015

There are a lot of surprising news in SOE this month, all pertaining to separations or breaking away. Read on.

SOE headquarters

Sony Sells Off Sony Online Entertainment, Renames it Daybreak Game Company February 2, 2015 – SOE has announced today that Sony has sold the developer of EverQuest, PlanetSide, DC Universe Online and the recently released H1Z1 to investment firm Columbus Nova. The developer, Sony Online Entertainment, will now operate under a new name, Daybreak Game Company, as an independent game studio.

The studio will continue to develop game projects started by SOE such as EverQuest Landmark, EverQuest Next and H1Z1. It will also develop titles for Xbox and mobile platforms, in addition to PlayStation and PC, now that it has become independent of Sony.

According to John Smedley, president of Daybreak Game Company, “We are excited to join Columbus Nova’s impressive roster of companies. They have a proven track record in similar and related industries and we are eager to move forward to see how we can push the boundaries of online gaming. We will continue to focus on delivering exceptional games to players around the world, as well as bringing our portfolio to new platforms, fully embracing the multi-platform world in which we all live.”

“Our games and players are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are committed to maintaining our portfolio of online games and pushing the limits of where we can take online gaming together.” the developer said in a post on Reddit.

John Smedley also said on Twitter that, “Can’t wait to make Xbox games.” Where he also later offered assurance to fans that, “All of our games are still here and will continue to be.”

David Georgeson

David Georgeson and Others Laid Off at Daybreak Game Company Today February 11, 2015 – David Georgeson, the man who has served as the face of EverQuest for so many years, is only one among many who is being laid off at Daybreak studio today.

There is no knowing how many people will be let go, since as of press time, staffs are still being informed who will remain employed and who will be not.

Daybreak Game Company, previously known as Sony Online Entertainment for almost two decades, is an independent gaming company and which has changed its name and ownership last week after Sony sold it to Columbus Nova, a management firm based in New York.

A statement from PR representatives at Daybreak says, “As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.”

Summary of EQNext News in Oct 2014

There hasn’t been much activity in the EQNext world this month except for one big announcement. Recently, SOE released a new and updated version of Player Direct. Player Direct is a way for video creators to share their work with SOE and the community. SOE is looking for players who can provide videos, images, meme, articles, streams and webcasts. More can be found on the SOE website.

A new EverQuest Next story was released, “The Razor’s Edge” in which we see through the eyes of Tork who is a young ogre on his first patrol in the Feerrott. The story is set during an interesting moment of the ogre history. In order to remove the Dal influence from their cities, the ogres march on the city of Quin’Sari.

That being said, Dave Georgeson at SOE Live talked about progress and he estimated everything to be about 60% done. Most of which includes the core systems being put in place, tested, etc, in Landmark. This includes chat, guild, terrain, caves, water, movement, the basics of combat, and so much more in small things.

Military Games hosted a TeamSpeak channel SOE Play It Forward – Extra Life even on October 18, 2014 and it ran until October 26. Military Gamers has over 2,300 members who are enlisted in the United States Army and they now span over 15 games! Similarly, they made an effort to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network charity via Extra Life’s 24-hour gaming marathon.

As for the further development of EQNext, a number of people are speculating for a closed beta early next year. If you’re not paying attention to Landmark, then you’re missing more information than you think. Landmark is set to have mobs and AI in December, and the dev tools for players to tweak the AI and set it up on their claims will follow shortly after. Combat has been implemented, and is constantly being revised and expanded.

After AI, there’s very little that needs to be implemented in Landmark before it’s ready for open beta. After the 60% completion point as was pointed out earlier, What will remain is content and quest building, and since at least part of that is offloaded to the players of Landmark, it’s conceivable that EQN will be ready for open beta-soft launch a year later.

But then again, it is just a speculation. Stay tuned for more information at EQNext’s website, https://www.everquestnext.com