MMO Pioneers at “Daybreak Game Company” no strangers to name changes

image credit SOE/Daybreak Game Company everquestnext.com

image credit SOE/Daybreak Game Company everquestnext.com

Few MMO developers can match credentials with the team that created EverQuest, easily one of the most successful Online RPG of all time. With their upcoming re-imagined “EverQuest Next” just around the corner, I was a bit surprised to see Sony Online Entertainment sold to an investment firm – but this may end up being fantastic news.

What started at 989 Studios in the late 90’s grew with the industry they carved a path for, enduring numerous name changes but much of the core team and leadership remained including key industry pioneer John Smedley. Freshly re-branded “Daybreak Game Company” they will also be free to develop on a more diverse platform base including Xbox and mobile devices, in addition to their PC and Playstation roots.

I am excited to see what comes next from Daybreak. EverQuest Next is no less ambitious than the first was, something I first blogged about here. The further possibility that it might also land on consoles would be wonderful news indeed.

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2 Responses to MMO Pioneers at “Daybreak Game Company” no strangers to name changes

  1. nomnomquincy says:

    Eh, people made a big deal of this. SOE is still alive and well, just a new name. I bet they’ll do better as an independent company than under Sony’s corporate umbrella.

    • Paige Six says:

      Honestly, I don’t know about that. Sony made a pretty good example for not forcing players to pay, and not punishing them for not utilizing in game purchases. As a big corporation they could do this, and simultaneously reward those who have nicely.

      Especially following their massive lay-offs I’m not sure I trust Daybreak to be as kind. I expect them to handle this venture as venture capitalist companies, such as Columbus Nova, do. If that’s the case, I don’t imagine I’ll continue to play DCUO or Planetside 2. Which sucks, because I’ve loved those games and even got involved with my boyfriend through one of them. It’d be a difficult departure.

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