Daybreak, formerly known as SOE, has laid off several devs working on Everquest Next, including longtime Everquest head honcho David Georgeson.
Daybreak’s Michele Cagle, senior director of global communications, shared this statement:
As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.
On his end, Georgeson confirmed it on Twitter:
Yeah, I'm sorry folks but it's true. LM, eqn, eq and eqii are no longer guided by moi. Other dreamers will steer now.
— David Georgeson (@DaveGeorgeson) February 11, 2015
Daybreak also explained that this does not affect the development of any of their games, including EverQuest Next, Landmark, and H1Z1.They declined to share numbers but confirmed layoffs came to full-time and temporary employees.