Daybreak Games has announced it has canceled EverQuest Next.
Daybreak Games president Russell Shanks delivered the news on the company’s website, saying EverQuest Next just wasn’t meeting the studio’s high standards and would not meet the expectations of its fans. “ Inherent to the creative process are dreaming big, pushing hard and being brutally honest with where you land,” Shanks writes. “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.”
EverQuest Next was originally announced back in August 2010. Since then, updates regarding the title has been sporadic, the last of which we covered back in February 2015 as Daybreak Games stopped working with AI company Storybricks.
While today is a sad day for longtime fans of EverQuest, Shanks confirms the franchise as a whole is important to the company. Both EverQuest and EverQuest II “are going strong,” according to Shanks.