Terrible news! The next entry in the venerable Everquest series has been officially cancelled by developer Daybreak Games.
Rumours have been circulating for months due to the virtual silence on the project, especially since the buyout by the Columbus Nova investment group.
In a letter today to fans the new president of Daybreak Games, Russell Shanks, confirmed fears by revealing development of the game has ceased.
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.
For those of us who have been hoping for something new and different in MMOs, this is very disappointing news. For those of us who’ve seen many other “new and different” MMOs sink in recent years, it’s not terribly surprising news.
But it’s not all bad news! Alongside the Everquest Next cancellation announcement comes confirmation that the sister game, Landmark, will continue to be developed and see a release some time in Spring 2016.
As the community has grown and designs have flourished, we no longer view Landmark as just a building tool. We’ve been toiling away making Landmark into a wonder unto itself. While the look of our world was inspired by what was intended to be the voxel world of EverQuest Next, Landmark has evolved into its own game with its own unique identity and purpose.
That’s Holly “Windstalker” Longdale, executive producer of Everquest 1&2 and now Landmark.
This release window also has a little bad news with it as Landmark will no longer be a free to play title. At launch it will cost $9.99 though there will not be a monthly fee required.
Personally, I am very disappointed that Everquest Next is no more. But not really surprised. Are you?