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Sony Online Entertainment Gets Acquired, Becomes Daybreak Game Company

Category: Gaming
Posted: 10:10PM

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is now no longer part of Sony, as it has been acquired by Columbus Nova and bears a new name: Daybreak Game Company. All of Daybreak's games released under the Sony name remain, as will the current H1Z1 and the upcoming EverQuest Next and Landmark. The new studio is effectively an independent studio now, and since there's no Sony control, multi-platform games are now a go. We can expect games on Xbox One and mobile now, in addition to PC and PlayStation 4. Exactly what will be coming to the other platforms is unknown, but at least they will be included in future developments. John Smedley will continue in his role as president with Daybreak, which is nice to see considering he effectively turned SOE in what it is today.

As for why Sony suddenly decided to sell off SOE, it seems the studio was no longer properly fitting into Sony's strategy. Sony has evidently been cutting back on investing in game development, and with huge projects, like the aforementioned EverQuest titles, SOE needed a new owner. The exact cost Columbus Nova paid for the studio isn't known at this time, so it could be exceptionally large or a little more fitting to a game studio. At any rate, Daybreak Game Company will exist as it always has, just now without the Sony name and Sony ownership.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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