Developer Daybreak Games made the announcement on its website that the next installment in the MMO EverQuest series, EverQuest Next, has been canceled. He stated, simply put, that the free-to-play game “wasn’t fun.”
Russ Shanks, Daybreak’s President, wrote the following considering the canceled game:
“For the past 20 years EverQuest has been a labor of love. What started as a deep passion of ours, as game creators, grew into a much larger passion shared by you, millions of players and Daybreakers alike. Watching EverQuest’s ability to entertain and bring people together has inspired and humbled us. It’s shaped our culture and has emboldened us to take aggressive risks with our game ideas and products. When we decided to create the next chapter in the EverQuest journey, we didn’t aim low. We set out to make something revolutionary.
For those familiar with the internals of game development, you know that cancellations are a reality we must face from time to time. Inherent to the creative process are dreaming big, pushing hard and being brutally honest with where you land. 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. We know you have high standards when it comes to Norrath and we do too. In final review, we had to face the fact that EverQuest Next would not meet the expectations we – and all of you – have for the worlds of Norrath.”
Russ Shanks ended the post by stating the love the company shares for the EverQuest series, as well as reminding fans that EverQuest and EverQuest II were still strong.
The full post in its entirety can be located here. The reveal trailer, showcasing some of the environments, destructible aspects of the game, as well as its characters and their movements, can be seen below:
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