[Update 10:12am PT] Daybreak have reached back out following our inquiry about what EverQuest's downtime was expected to last longer than the other titles. According to a statement from Daybreak, EQ will be conducting their normal monthly patch update which is why they have extended downtime.
"EQ is also scheduled for their monthly patch update immediately after why they have extended downtime. " - Daybreak representative.
Daybreak Game Company is prepping its fans for some downtime coming to its MMOs later on this month. Its portfolio of MMORPGs will be mostly unavailable on April 20th for 24 hours at the company performs maintenance.
The news came to fans in a series of Tweets on the affected games' accounts. It looks like this downtime will affect EverQuest, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2, and H1Z1. While Daybreak is the IP holder for Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, those games seem to be unaffected by the server migration. The downtime is related to a rather substaintial server migration happening which will "impact all game services."
[ALERT] On 4/20 at 12 AM PDT we will be starting a 36 hour maintenance period on some of our internal systems. We have a large migration of our backend which will impact all game services. During this timeframe all servers will be shut down until the work is concluded.— EverQuest (@everquest) April 14, 2021
It's important to note as well that some of the games are predicting a larger window of downtime, with EverQuest stating 36 hours of downtime, while EQ2, H1Z1 and PlanetSide 2 is only predicting 24 hours. Still, it's a long time to be down and to have players unable to hop into the games. DC Universe, at the time of this writing, has nothing announced for it either, with only its maintenance for its next major update happening today.
The downtime is scheduled starting at midnight PT on April 20th, giving players plenty of time to plan accordingly in the affected games. Last week, Daybreak's game servers also went down for maintenance, drawing the ire of some players for the sudden downtime, but it's not stated whether that maintenance and this planned server migration are related. We've reached out to Daybreak regarding the downtime and whether it's related to last week's issues and will update this story with their comment if they respond.