More Friday afternoon announcements from Daybreak, spotted by Feldon over at EQ2 Wire.
The first to go will be PlanetSide, which will be shut down as of July 1, 2016.
Unsupported and basically free for ages now, its continued existence was largely due to the grace of Smed, who championed the game and its successor, the troubled PlanetSide 2, and a sense of nostalgia.
Smed is gone and nostalgia with support only gets you so far, and so the following was posted to the PlanetSide 2 site… because PlanetSide doesn’t have its own anymore.
April and May were really exciting months for us with the release of the new Construction System, base revamp of Indar, and new population caps to improve battle flow. It’s been exciting to watch all of you experiment with base design and shift battles in new directions. A big thanks to all of you who have jumped in to try it out and given us feedback.
While we hope you are as excited as we are about the recent changes, we do have to make a more solemn announcement. On July 1st, at 4:00 PM PT, we will be closing the PlanetSide 1 server. PlanetSide 1 has a very important history with Daybreak Games and a special place in the hearts of those who work on its successor. While we have run the game for free since 2014, due to evolving business needs and technical requirements it has become necessary to conclude this service.
We hope you will take this opportunity to enjoy the remaining time available with each other and please help us give PlanetSide 1 the sendoff it deserves.
And so it goes. I was never a fan myself, but the game had a dedicated, if small, following.
The next item is Legends of Norrath, which was removed from the EverQuest and EverQuest II clients recently, followed by loot packs from the card game becoming available in the cash shop. That seemed to be a sign of things to come. Today there was a post in the forums and on the Legends of Norrath site, accompanied by email notification to subscribers, indicating that the collectable card game would no longer be available after noon on August 17, 2016. The email notification says:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING LEGENDS OF NORRATH
On August 17, 2016 at noon pacific, the Legends of Norrath Trading Card game server will close.
The monthly All Access Membership claim of Legends of Norrath booster packs and the ability to purchase Legends of Norrath booster packs will no longer be available after July 18, 2016 at 10AM pacific. Legends of Norrath packs will need to be opened in the LON client and all loot rewards will need to be claimed prior to August 17, 2016 at noon pacific to ensure your loot rewards are available in EverQuest or EverQuest II.
For more information regarding this announcement, please see the Legends of Norrath website.
Daybreak Game Company LLC
Again, the writing seemed to be on the wall recently. The forum post indicates that the game has not had an active development for some time.
At one point, just before the announcement of the Daybreak acquisition, Smed seemed to have taken inspiration from Blizzard’s Hearthstone and indicated that SOE might do something with the game. The clearly never came to pass.
I was never a fan of the game myself, and only tinkered with it because as an All Access member I was given free card packs. The last time I checked I had ~70 unopened packs waiting for my attention. Now they aren’t even in the EQ or EQII client and I am not sure it is worth the effort to grab the stand along LON client just to see what they may hold.
I will mostly remember LON for using members of the community as models for some of the cards. I was pretty happy when I finally got the card that had Brent from VirginWorlds on it.
Daybreak continues to trim down. I do wonder at times if they are planning anything new, or just riding out an extended end game on the few assets of value they have left.