EverQuest Next and EverQuest Landmark were supposed to be companion projects, with landmark designed as a building tool for Next. When developer Daybreak Game Company cancelled Next early last year, Landmark took on a life of its own, allowing Daybreak to keep it going. Unfortunately, that time has come to an end.
Daybreak has announced that it will be shutting down the Landmark servers on February 21 at 4 p.m. PT / 1 p..m. ET. "Since Landmark first entered Alpha, we have been impressed by the creative talents in this community," Daybreak said in the goodbye post. "You pushed the boundaries of what Landmark could do, and we are grateful for the time and energy you shared through your creations in this game."
Fans hoping for an emulation or planning to run their own servers are out of luck, as Daybreak plans on keeping all the code and data from the game. All forums and sites associated with the game will also be shut down. Players who have Landmark items with cash value will have them converted to one DBC credit usabale for other Daybreak items.
Daybreak, which was formerly Sony Online Entertainment, had hoped to reinvigorate the EverQuest franchise, but shut down Next when developers realized that it just wasn't "fun." EverQuest 1 and 2 continue to plod along with minimal Daybreak support, as the company looks to move on with other projects such as H1Z1: King of the Hill, an expansion for the zombie game that i scheduled for some time this year.