EverQuest Landmark to shut down servers next month

The Minecraft-esque building tool was supposed to be a companion for EverQuest Next, which was cancelled last year.  

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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.

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    January 6, 2017 10:34 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, EverQuest Landmark to shut down servers next month

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      January 6, 2017 10:35 AM

      I had no idea it even came out. Was that the whole MMO or just the house building part?

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        January 6, 2017 10:36 AM

        EQ Next (the MMO) got canned. This is the house building thingy.

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        January 6, 2017 10:36 AM

        Oh, I read the article and answered my own question. Guess that whole project was just doomed from the beginning!

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          January 6, 2017 11:40 AM

          I was pretty skeptical of it when it was announced.

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        January 6, 2017 10:49 AM

        They put up Founders Pack access when it went into alpha, with packages costing up to $99 to get into the game early. That was just a little over three years ago.

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          January 6, 2017 2:21 PM

          I'd be pissed if I was one of those guys.

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            January 6, 2017 3:15 PM

            Yeah. Diane bought it and then never played it because it didn't have key rebinding at the time.

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      January 6, 2017 10:44 AM

      I got an invite to this. I went to the website they gave me in the email and could not find a download link anywhere so I gave up.

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      January 6, 2017 2:24 PM

      Didn't care about Landmark but I'm sad that EQ Next and all affiliated projects are now officially dead and buried. Landmark was the last hope that they might someday make an MMO out of this tech again.