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Daybreak officials announced on January 21, 2020 that the studio was pursuing the new "Franchise First" credo, and Daybreak was therefore split into three teams: Dimensional Ink Games, Darkpaw Games and Rogue Planet Games. Darkpaw should take care of the next innovation of the Everquest brand. Are there still hopes for Everquest Next?

Daybreak Games, the quasi-successor to Sony Online Entertainment, is now no longer Daybreak, but Dimensional Ink Games, Rogue Planet Games and Darkpaw Games. As the managers of Daybreak announced on January 21, 2020, the studio has decided to pursue the "Franchise First" strategy. Accordingly, there are now the three teams mentioned. Dimensional Ink Games in Austin will continue to take care of DC Universe Online. The team is led by Jack Emmert, who has also been involved in the online role-playing games City of Heroes, Star Trek Online and Neverwinter. Dimensional Ink employees not only take care of the ongoing operation of DCUO, but will also work on the next "high-profile action MMO" from 2020.

The Planetside brand is hung up under the name Rogue Planet Games, which can be found in San Diego; under the leadership of executive producer Andy Sites, the developers are working on further adventures in space. And finally, the people at Darkpaw Games, led by executive producer Holly Longdale, will take care of the Everquest brand. Above all, a sentence from the official press release leaves the Heart of Everquest fans Beat it: "It is Darkpaw's mission to build on the unique and wonderful fantasy adventure of Everquest and Everquest 2 and to develop the next innovation for the franchise." Excitement! Does that mean that Everquest Next, which was discontinued in 2016, will still get a chance? Or do the creators of the cult MMOs Everquest 3 develop?

Across from DualShockers' employees Holly Longdale emphasizes that the team is currently exploring what may come next for Everquest and that the developers, at least at this stage of the creative work, have no limits. In any case, the fans of the series can hope – what do you want from Everquest?

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