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EverQuest 3 on the Horizon? Daybreak Studio’s Plans for the Future

EverQuest 3 Daybreak Studios Plan
By | May 31st, 2020 | Categories: EverQuest

EverQuest is a longstanding MMORPG that has been around since 1999. Even now, 26 years later, it’s still running alongside its younger brother EverQuest II. There was even EverQuest Next, a game that was supposed to be something the other two games were not. However, it never panned out and its development was ultimately terminated in 2016. Now that one of the production pillars has left the studio, EverQuest Next’s fate hangs in limbo. Despite all the setbacks, Daybreak Games are planning a new EverQuest experience, in what seems to be EverQuest 3.

How is Daybreak Game Company planning to handle developing EverQuest 3?

They’ve divided their people into three sub-studios.

Dimensional Ink Games

The first is Dimensional Ink Games, which will continue supporting the DC Universe Online MMO. Jack Emmert, who once worked on Star Trek Online and Neverwinter, heads this studio.

Darkpaw Games

The second is Darkpaw Games. This is the studio that will continue the legacy of EverQuest. It will continue developing updates for EQ and EQ II, as well as be the primary developer of EverQuest 3.

Rogue Planet Games

The third and last is Rogue Planet Games. It will handle the FPS series PlanetSide, as well as something brewing behind the scenes that promises to be a genre-defining title.

Collectively, they make up Daybreak Studios, formerly Sony Online Entertainment.

What actually happened to EverQuest Next?

It was first envisioned as a competitor to World of Warcraft. They planned it to have an open world with no loading screens, instanced dungeons, stylized models that lend to low system requirements, and PvP ‘done right’ since day one. Two years later, they said the former idea was obsolete.

They then announced a brand new IP tentatively titled EverQuest Next. Diverging from its predecessor’s format, it would have these features:

  • No levels
  • Skills tied to weapons
  • A multitude of classes with the option to multi-class
  • Six races
  • An open-world
  • Destructible environment
  • Characters can use parkour-like movements to navigate the world
  • Better NPC AI
  • A sandbox nature
  • Quests that impact the world

It was an ambitious project. Development stalled and sputtered. News about it was scarce, as there were long periods of silence in between updates. They released Landmark as a prototype for EQ Next, though it never really took off. At one point, it was stated to support the Oculus Rift in some way, and that it would eventually come out for the PS4. However, as stated above, it got canceled sometime in March of 2016. Three years later, there was a small spark of hope for a revival. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as the one who sparked that hope stepped down the following year.

Has there been any news on EverQuest 3?

There’s actually convincing evidence to show that EverQuest 3 is in the works, but there is nothing official yet. AMAs and developer interviews have hinted at it. They said that they were researching what made the game EverQuest and will stick to that idea as they move along. There’s also a leak from one of the former staff of Daybreak Games, whose claims were eventually proven right one by one. It said that EQ 3 or something similar has been in the works.

DG is remaining tight-lipped, having learned from the untimely cancellation of EverQuest Next. They will remain so until they get ‘meaningful news’. Also, they don’t want to hype up a title until they’re certain they can follow through.

Fans may be worried about the development of the game. After all, Holly Longdale, executive producer and longtime developer of the franchise, left the company last March. In a letter she left, however, she stressed that EQ players are in good hands with her successor, Jennifer Chan. There’s also the company’s unfortunate tendency to cancel their games after some time.

Now, even with all that, we can’t be too sure when we’ll hear about it officially. We’re stuck waiting until something of note comes up. One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a long wait. Here’s to hoping that wait is worth it!

Let’s all look forward to a possible EverQuest 3!

7 Comments

  1. Hushit January 18, 2022 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Why limit yourself, crossplay my friend. If you can play in 4k @ minimal 60fps, who cares what your playing on. Let’s get another everquest for all, I miss the hardcore mmo and waiting for spawns lol.

  2. Hushit January 18, 2022 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Why limit yourself, crossplay my friend. If you can play in 4k @ minimal 60fps, who cares what your playing on.

  3. Jason Z. November 17, 2021 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    @Firenice
    @Firenice your statement about the PS5 is factually incorrect. PS5 does NOT have better specs than PC.
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/nvidia-rtx-3080-xbox-series-x-playstation-5-gpu/#:~:text=Because%20it%20uses%20faster%20memory%20and%20has%20a,the%20Xbox%20and%20448%20GBps%20on%20the%20PlayStation.

    “Taking a look at raw performance, the GeForce RTX 3080 makes it the uncontested champion, with nearly three times the computational power of its next closest rival. Nvidia claimed that the RTX 3080 is capable of 29.7 TFLOPs, compared to the 12 TFLOPs on the Xbox Series X and 10.2 PlayStation 5.”

    Basically, the 3080 vastly outperforms the PS5.. and I can only imagine that my 3080Ti is that much better. Even my old 1080Ti card outperforms the PS5 at 11.3 TFLOPs… and thats a 7 year old card. Not sure where you are getting your data from, but it’s obviously using specs from budget PC.

  4. me November 8, 2021 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    What a nothing article.

  5. Firenice October 21, 2021 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    You guys should actually focus on Everquest 3 for the PlayStation 5 because it is the most powerful machine out there today it has better RAM and better video card and better sound card in any PC out there right now they all I got version for maybe version five bucks only putting version 6 of everything trailer PlayStation 5 Tech into the game system that is not going to be available for PC until a year and a half later from now. EverQuest belongs on PS5. Its predecessor have a Crest online Adventures was on the PlayStation 2 what’s the most powerful machine at the time as well even the PlayStation 3 and 4 Stone more powerful than a PC all you have to do is program it for the PlayStation 5 and your Havoc success of a game and only charge $5 a month try unlimited access just like on PlayStation 2 is $10 a month. EverQuest Broadlawns on PlayStation 5

  6. P October 5, 2021 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Got the year wrong. 1999 not 1994.

  7. jr August 5, 2021 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Well everquest 3 might be a rumor and might not well see what the writings turns out to be. So lets get to writing and see how the rp turs out.

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