When Landmark first arrived in Early Access it was showered with praise and admiration, and the biggest reason for that was its link to EverQuest Next. According to Sony Online Entertainment (better known as Daybreak these days) the developers were prepared to take the very best community dungeons and castles in order to implement them into EverQuest Next for everyone to enjoy. As you might imagine, this got a lot of players incredibly excited to give Landmark a try... which is where the problems started.
While the Landmark trailers and developer interviews may have promised the Moon and stars, the reality of the situation was far different. Landmark's tools were incredibly limited and clunky to work with, the performance was terrible, and there was a distinct lack of any 'real' gameplay. But the biggest nail in the coffin came when Daybreak announced that EverQuest Next is being canceled, which meant that the biggest draw for Landmark just suddenly evaporated, leaving only an empty husk of a game behind.
The once active developers slowly stopped communicating about Landmark altogether, and with no new updates in sight it appeared that the project was more or less abandoned. As it turns out, the community's worst fears came true a couple of days ago as Daybreak announced that Landmark is joining the ever-growing pile of games canceled under their name. Here's the full announcement message:
"To the Landmark community,
With heavy hearts, we are writing today to inform you that after much review, we have decided to close Landmark game servers on February 21, 2017.
Since Landmark first entered Alpha, we have been impressed by the creative talents in this community. You pushed the boundaries of what Landmark could do, and we are grateful for the time and energy you shared through your creations in this game.
While there is still time to enjoy Lumeria and the many worlds you’ve built within Landmark, we wanted to let you know what you will be seeing happen between now and February. Beginning today, Player Studio items will no longer be available for listing or for purchase in the Landmark Marketplace. Landmark will also no longer be available for purchase. All items in the Marketplace with a Daybreak Cash price will have their price reduced to 1 DBC.
The game servers, as well as the accompanying forums and social media channels, will be closed at 4:00PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
We want to thank each and every one of you for your creative contributions to Landmark.
Daybreak Game Company"
If you're hoping someone from the community is going to be able to open an emulated server and continue working on Landmark, I'm afraid that's a bit of a pipe dream as Daybreak have explicitly stated that they will not license or authorize the operation of such a server. So if you would like to give Landmark another spin before it finally goes down on February 21st, now would probably be the best time to do so while the servers are still somewhat active with players in similar situations.