The Direction of Daybreak: Our Interview With John Smedley and Laura Naviaux 1

Despite what happened to EverQuest Next, H1Z1, and Landmark, it seems that Daybreak Game Company hasn’t completely given up on the free-to-play market.

There’s a job posting on Daybreak’s careers site for “Senior Game Designer – Unannounced Title” in its San Diego office. The position requires several bits of experience that provide tantalizing nuggets of information regarding the nature of this new title:

  • Experience developing for and launching AAA first-person shooter games
  • Familiarity with core systems of FPS game systems
  • Experience with monetizing free to play systems
  • Current console (PS4, XBox One) development experience
  • Other job listings related to an “Unannounced Title” include Senior UI Designer, which is to “help envision, design, build and optimize a brand new service targeted to web and mobile platforms” and a UI Game Programmer with “Web application and mini-game experience.” Whether these positions are related to the F2P shooter title is unclear. A Senior Game Programmer position posting does mention experience with AAA FPS games in its requirements.

    On the one hand, it’s nice to see that Daybreak isn’t just shrinking like it seems to have been doing ever since the Columbus Nova takeover from Sony. Then again, with all the bad blood over the past year and a half, it’s going to be tough for the company to engender enough goodwill to get people to try out any new title. What do you think?

    the author

    Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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    1. trionisshit on August 30, 2016

      soe/daybreak, gtfo faking scammers! almost all projects dead, fake free to play games, no one like scammers, another shit not for long!

    2. Remb on August 30, 2016

      If you guys want a nice laugh, go to Steam and read the reviews for Landmark.

    3. Edge Damodred on August 30, 2016

      Just…finish something first…PLEASE!

    4. Deathloche on August 29, 2016

      They need to fix the shit they already have instead of working on something new.

    5. benson on August 29, 2016

      Everquest: Headshot?

    6. Curst on August 29, 2016

      Daybreak is working on a new game. … … … lol … Good one.
      Whatever. Even if they actually end up finishing it, it will probably be just another Overwatch imitation since that’s what everyone else is doing nowadays.