Breaking News! (Not.) SOE is turning into Daybreak.
I don’t read as much doom and gloom into this news as SynCaine does, but if Daybreak intends to take a more cross-platform stance, it could mean EverQuest Next will end up a lot more controller-friendly than we PC MMORPG gamers might like. You can already sense it with Landmark actually. You’ve got a left button ability and a right button ability and that’s about it.
Not that there’s anything wrong with fewer abilities, if done well–Neverwinter comes to mind. Sadly last I checked–a month or so ago? Did I write a post about that? It’s probably still in my Drafts somewhere–Landmark had a long way to go before the quality of its combat came anywhere near the level of fun and polish in Neverwinter.
On the other end of the controller spectrum would be something like FFXIV, which brings all of the hotbar complexity of your PC MMORPG right to your controller buttons, and does it better than you might think. I’d prefer it if they went that direction for EQ Next. (Honestly there isn’t much that could be stolen from FFXIV that wouldn’t be a solid winner.)
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens after Daybreak. Hyuk hyuk.
(I keep wanting to call them Dawnbreak instead of Daybreak for some reason.)