Sony Online Entertainment, the development studio responsible for MMOs and online games like DC Universe, Everquest, Planetside, and others, has been sold to investment firm Columbus Nova. SOE as you know it is now making games under the name “Daybreak Game Company.”
A post on Reddit outlines the company’s plans going forward, for anyone wondering how the sale will impact development of existing games.
“Dear Players, Partners and Friends,
Today, we are pleased to announce that we have been acquired by Columbus Nova, an investment management firm well known for its success with its existing portfolio of technology, media and entertainment focused companies. This means that effective immediately SOE will operate as an independent game development studio where we will continue to focus on creating exceptional online games for players around the world, and now as a multi-platform gaming company. Yes, that means PlayStation and Xbox, mobile and more!
As part of this transition, SOE will now become Daybreak Game Company. This name embodies who we are as an organization, and is a nod to the passion and dedication of our employees and players. It is also representative of our vision to approach each new day as an opportunity to move gaming forward.
So what exactly does this mean for you? It will be business as usual and all SOE games will continue on their current path of development and operation. In fact, we expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition. It also means new exciting developments for our existing IP and games as we can now fully embrace the multi-platform world we are living in.
Our games and players are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are committed to maintaining our portfolio of online games and pushing the limits of where we can take online gaming together.
Thank you for your continued support. See you in game!
The Team at Daybreak”
John Smedley stays on as the president of Daybreak Game Company, and has made comments about what to expect from Daybreak in the future. The company will continue to work on EverQuest Next, Planetside 2, H1Z1 and others.
The good news for Xbox owners is that these games could come to Xbox alongside PlayStation consoles now that the studio is no longer a part of Sony. Smedley already came out and expressed his excitement to make Xbox games via Twitter. “Can’t wait to make Xbox One games,” said the developer.
Jens Anderson who works on DC Universe Online also tweeted to followers, asking “Who wants DCUO on the Xbox?”
It looks like Daybreak is ready to get cracking on Xbox versions of their popular games, though no official announcements have been made.