Everquest Next, one of the gaming world?s most awaited MMO?s, is no more. In a letter to fans, Daybreak Games president Russell Shanks, announced that the successor to the Everquest franchise was being cancelled.
Everquest Next Is No More
?For those familiar with the internals of game development, you know that cancellations are a reality we must face from time to time. Inherent to the creative process are dreaming big, pushing hard and being brutally honest with where you land.? Said Shanks.
Early snippets of the game were impressive, showing off fast paced gameplay and a fully destructible world right down to the very terrain. In the end, it appears all this technical innovation didn?t result in a game that was fun to play.
?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 Next?would not meet the expectations we ? and all of you ? have for the worlds of Norrath.? Concluded Shanks.
He says that the franchise is not dead, and that he and the rest of Daybreak are working to make a game worthy of its legacy. The servers for Everquest and Everquest II are still online, so fans will have to stick to those games in order to get their fix.
The company still has a pretty solid roster of titles, with DC Universe, PlanetSide 2, and newcomer H1Z1 all going strong. The company recently announced that it would be splitting the latter title, a survival zombie MMO, into two separate games due to strong feedback from fans.
Hopefully Daybreak finds a successful formula to Everquest into the modern era. Are you sad about Everquest Next?s cancellation? Let us know in the comments below.