Today it was announced that the previously announced Daybreak Games restructure would be forming 3 new studios, each of which focusing on one of Daybreak’s franchises.
Dimensional Ink is the studio focusing on DCUO in Austin, Texas. It is being run by Jack Emmert, who you might know from City of Heroes, Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and DCUO. This will be the studio that is starting development on a new high profile action MMO this year. It might just be the rumored Marvel MMO we heard about a while back. If you want to read more about Dimensional Ink, including how they picked their name you might want to check out this official blog post.
Darkpaw Games, is where you will find the Everquest Franchise. The studio is named of course after the beloved Everquest character Fippy Darkpaw. The studio will be run by Holly Longdale and they plan to continue to make new expansions for both Everquest and Everquest 2. They’re also looking ahead however towards expanding the franchise. You can read Holly’s Producer Letter about the changes if you want to know more.
Finally, we have Rogue Planet Games which will be where you can find everything Planetside. The studio is in San Diego and will be run by Andy Sites. They are focusing on Planetside 2 at the moment but they do have Planetside 3 in their sights. Andy’s Game Producer letter can be found on the Planetside 2 website.
So, what does this mean? Is Daybreak going away? No! They are going to be the publishers of the three new studios. One big question this has left up in the air is what does this all mean for H1Z1 as well as Lord of the Rings Online? Because these games weren’t mentioned right now it would appear that H1Z1 will stay at Daybreak and LOTRO is already made by a non-Daybreak Studio, Standing Stone Games. It’s most likely that they won’t be impacted by this at all. But, we will have to wait and see.
Source: Press Release