Marvel-Based MMO Game From DC UNIVERSE ONLINE Dev Daybreak Games Canceled
EG7 announced that the development of the Marvel MMO game at Daybreak Games has been discontinued. The resources will be allocated across multiple smaller projects including upgrades to DC Universe Online.
The untitled Marvel-based massively multiplayer online game from Daybreak Games has been canceled. Swedish video game holding company Enad Global 7 announced plans to discontinue development on the project and reallocate its resources to focus on "alternative long-term projects."
The Marvel game was first announced through EG7's Q3 2021 investor presentation. Little is known about the game, other than it was in development at Dimensional Ink, a division of Daybreak Game Company. Development was led by video game designer Jack Emmert (City of Heroes, DC Universe Online).
EG7 didn't give a specific reason for the game's cancelation, only stating:
Based on the re-evaluation of the development risk profile, size of investment, and the long-term product portfolio strategy for the group, the board has decided to change the development priorities and reallocate resources within the group to focus on alternative long-term projects.
EG7 has planned to invest more than SEK 500 million ($50.7 million) into the Marvel project over the next three years. That investment will now be diversified across multiple smaller projects, including previously announced upgrades to the long-running MMOs The Lord of the Rings Online and DC Universe Online as well as "new game opportunities with our first party, original IPs."
The company will take a bit of a financial hit and expects a write down — essentially a loss — of approximately SEK 230 million ($23.3 million). There's no word on whether or not this cancelation will result in layoffs from Daybreak Games. The studio had already undergone staff cuts back in 2018 as the result of a previous Marvel game being canceled.