Storybricks Closing Down

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Storybricks, the developer behind the AI platform created for Everquest Next, is no more. Last month we learned that Storybricks and Sony Online Entertainment were parting ways, a severance that CEO Rodolfo Rosini now states is of no fault of SOE’s.

It was our own decision and Sony Online Entertainment (now Daybreak Games) bears no fault for it. Sony Online Entertainment had been up for sale for a long time so our exit had no connection with the Columbus Nova acquisition.

Plans to sell the Storybricks tech went sour after a buyer was unable to be found and everyone involved is now working at other companies. Rosini still wants the AI platform to be widely available, and is planning on releasing a few side projects unrelated to Everquest Next in the hopes that those dreams can be realized.

At one point, Storybricks even attempted to buy Sony Online Entertainment, but the deal fell through with Sony Japan due to questionable terms.

Make no mistake the company needed cuts badly, and we would have cut and cut deeply. Possibly as deep as Columbus Nova did but maybe we would have cut more senior management and less game developers instead. It was our intention to try to acquire the 38 Studios assets and made them available to players in EQN. Moreover we would have probably changed the server infrastructure allowing people to run their own servers. It would not have been a very canonical EverQuest but we would have done the best to service our customers with the limited budget of an independent studio who wanted to punch above its weight.

(Source: Storybricks Email)

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  • They had some neat ideas, so it is a bit sad to see the whole thing fail to come to fruition. That said, I am not sure how much credence one should give to the “we were going to buy SOE AND 38 Studios assets AND let people run their own servers” thing. Sounds like a bit of a pipe dream.

    • Connor

      He mentions they were using an investment banking firm as a proxy for the purchase, so it’d be like me saying “the first car I bought was a $500 Pontiac” when I really mean “the first car my dad bought me was a $500 Pontiac.”

      • Well, the investment firm angle means your dad gave you $500 to buy the Pontiac, but expects $5,000 in return over the next two years so you have to turn it into a cab and pick up fares nights and weekends to keep up with the payments. Investment firms should never be assumed to have the benevolent aspect of a parent.