It’s been a long time since anyone has heard anything about EverQuest Next, and now the official word has come down that the game is cancelled.
Daybreak Games president Russell Shanks made the announcement on the site today:
“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 wasnâ€™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 â€“ and all of you â€“ have for the worlds of Norrath.”
This isn’t all that shocking to people who have been following the game. Daybreak has been completely silent about it since leaving Sony, and the people involved withe Voxel tech used in it as well as the StoryBricks quest system left the company a long time ago. Even discussion about the game on the official forums wasn’t allowed. It was a bannable offense!