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In what comes as either no surprise at all or as the biggest surprise of 2016 so far (depending on your thoughts for the last year,) Daybreak Game Company ended speculation today when their President, Russell Shanks, officially announced that EverQuest Next, the highly touted upcoming EverQuest based MMORPG, has had development cancelled.

In the official announcement, Shanks states that “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.”

Obviously there has to be more to the situation than that as “not being fun” is something the team would likely have determined quite some time ago.

What the announcement does not say is what this means for the long term on the Landmark front, if any of the existing EverQuest Next assets will be moved over into another project, or if we’ll even see a “next installment” of the long running popular franchise.

Landmark was mentioned by Holly Longdale, Executive Producer on EQ and EQII and now Executive Producer on Landmark, on the forums where she not only announced that Landmark will launch this spring but will also be sold for $9.99 rather than go in a free-to-play direction.

“The future of the EverQuest franchise as a whole is important to us here at Daybreak. EverQuest in all its forms is near and dear to our hearts. EverQuest and EverQuest II are going strong. Rest assured that our passion to grow the world of EverQuest remains undiminished,” concluded Shanks.

Are you surprised by the news or did you believe as I did that the end of “Next” was foretold quite some time ago? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. detestt on March 14, 2016

    Get Rekt Gamebreak

  2. Player1 on March 12, 2016

    Everyone already knew that NeverQuest: Never had been walking on the fail path a long time ago, forever beta games aren’t meant to be released, and if they do, those few games will be there to suffer from poor optimization, mass glitches, endless bugs and so on till they get shut down, it just the way the mmo world works man

  3. Jooq on March 12, 2016

    We all knew that it’s gonna happen. And screw Landmark -.- Daybreak – retarded company. bet they stopped development long ago.

  4. Dio on March 12, 2016

    Time to put your money into a better computer to run black desert.

    • IDGAF on March 12, 2016

      Sorry i dont need a new computer to play BlackDesert. I think 2x Titans in Sli should run BlackDesert. My Computer did cost about 7000$ to build i dont think i gonna buy a new one soon.

      • Jigsaw on March 12, 2016

        Why did you feel the need to say that. You come off as a prick. No one asked you. The OP was just joking and you went and bragged. Lemme tell ya something. If you were to be killed today, tomorrow or the next day. No one on this site would care. We would read the obituary and be like “O hey there is that guy who responded on how good his computer is at running a heavily optimized game.” Your more pathetic than Carlos Mencia

        • Jigsaw on March 12, 2016

          *would like to changed kill to die

          • Jigsaw on March 12, 2016

            “If you were to die today”

        • LAMBDA471 on March 13, 2016

          A computer is like a car or money, they can’t buy you happiness. Diablo 2 was a game that I played so much back in around 2006-07 that I had dreams at night about the game. It brought me a lot of enjoyment and fun times, but right now I can’t see myself playing it ever again, even though the game is old enough to run on practically anything. And I grow bored with new games a lot faster than I used to, so this is probably happening to everyone else, therefore a nice computer doesn’t make you a badass.

      • bill obama on March 12, 2016

        lol the autism is real

  5. IDGAF on March 12, 2016

    DAYBREAK = THE WORST COMPANY ON THE WORLD. I hope they go Bankrupt soon… maybe we should all boykott them. Dont buy shit from them we need to stand together and destroy the evil called DAYBREAK. Stop play there games. We need to ruin them they are subhumans.

    • Demobendo on March 12, 2016

      I wouldn’t say the worse but they are pretty high on that list.

  6. Urs00 on March 12, 2016

    yeah, right, after years of development a PUBLISHER won’t launch a game because it is “boring”… who would even do that? especially a company controlled by investors

    if it was actually just boring, they would do like black desert, make it b2p, sell a bunch of copies just with the hype and let the game die

    there is only one reason to do this, to use the assets and probably the codes to make a cheap knock-off for quick money, maybe a mobile or a moba…

  7. Deathloche on March 11, 2016

    What the hell is going on over they with Daybreak? They are almost just as bad as Trion Worlds.

  8. Old EQ Player on March 11, 2016

    Henceforth shall now forever be known as “Everquest: Never”.

    This is truly unfortunate, but I saw this coming since SoE was sold off.

  9. mmm on March 11, 2016

    Should have just released a broken game and milked the sh!t out of it.

    • Old EQ Player on March 11, 2016

      Don’t worry. They’re doing that with Landmark. 🙂

  10. SqueezyTime on March 11, 2016

    Not surprising. It was painfully obvious that Everquest Next was going absolutely nowhere. Hopefully the assets will be put to good use; though, given Daybreak’s current track record, I won’t hold my breath.

  11. Ghestly on March 11, 2016

    sad day and mounted