Daybreak could be at “it” again. What “it” is remains to be seen, but could be a number of variable behaviors we’ve seen over the past few years. Their recent job postings point at a new game. A Creative Director and Senior Producer for the new game based out of Austin. Perhaps that hints at the DCUO team being being used to create something?
While working for the company that brought us EverQuest would have been a dream come true, I’m confident that most professionals (aka not the ones begging for a job by tweeting back to Daybreak’s announcement)Â can see the lack of job security and potential turmoil that has been wrought at Daybreak over the past years. Not something I would ever want to jump into.
As for what games they’re making, I have a few guesses.
- Some sort of MOBA that isn’t based on any existing properties
- Isometric RPG like Divinity: Original Sin using one of their properties or even something generic
What I don’t see is anything remotely MMO, shooter, or based on an existing property. While I think building something based off EverQuest, for example, would be the easiest route since it wouldn’t require a lot of the early leg work to build a brand or a history, I just can’t see it happening — who would take it seriously after canning EQ Next?
Sadly, they’ve slipped into that pocket of obscurity where people have stopped caring and stopped taking them seriously. I can’t see a future there for them. That’s not a position from whichÂ to launch a huge new title or something people are going to flock to the stores to buy, or hype up on the web. I’d expect a massive change in PR/Marketing before any new games, and they simply don’t have the money for that.