EverQuest Next Has Been Officially Canceled, Landmark Set To Launch This Spring

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After several delays and a long period of silence, EverQuest Next has been officially canceled. According to Daybreak Games President Russell Shanks, the game simply wasn't up to par. In the announcement, he says: "Unfortunately, as we put together the pieces, we found that [EverQuest Next] 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."

Despite EverQuest Next coming to an end, the EverQuest franchise will continue on. Shanks reassures the franchise's fans by saying that "the future of the EverQuest franchise as a whole is important to us here at Daybreak. EverQuest in all its forms is near and dear to our hearts. EverQuest and EverQuest II are going strong. Rest assured that our passion to grow the world of EverQuest remains undiminished."

Update: It was announced via the forums that Landmark will be launching this Spring with a $9.99 price tag despite the cancellation of EverQuest Next. A "HUGE game update" will be introduced to the game soon. The launch FAQ seems to imply that the reason this wasn't mentioned as a part of the cancellation announcement may be that they no longer see Landmark as a part of the EverQuest franchise.

  • Emp

    Reading the first word in the title I thought it was gonna be an Alpha test or a Beta test but after clicking my excited smile slowly faded away... to a silent tear :'c

  • Mario Q

    So what does that mean for the people who purchased the Landmark Beta?

  • Zariarn

    This is terrible news for the whole franchise and long term MMO players alike. Nevertheless, I didn't like the looks of the game anyways. I didn't like what they were doing with the game. It looked far to much like an instanced based MMORPG and less like a MMO. I really hope they announce something new later to expand the franchise. Whether it be and graphics upgrade to 1 and 2 or a total sell off to a company that can make a true sequel.

  • Zariarn

    Podcast story of the week? Called it, lol.

    • Matt

      I kind of thought it had already been silently canceled.

      • Zariarn

        I agree.

  • WOW WHAT A SURPRISE!!!!! Not

  • Ash

    All of the games I've been most anticipated for have been cancelled- World of Darkness, Fable Legends, Everquest Next...