After five years of no D&D Games, Atari licencing out Daggerdale – and then closing the studio responsible – was clearly a bit of a shock.
A shock too, it seems, that rumour is rife that Wizards of the Coast, the owners of the IP, have recently rescinded on the agreement with Atari to use the D&D moniker.
What this means for DDO is anyones guess, it may just be after Daggerdale that WOTC had decided to give someone else a shot at reviving the D&D franchise. It may be nothing related at all, and the licencing rights were set to expire after X years.
More info on this as and when I hear about it. But still… after Daggerdale, I wouldn’t mourn.