Sony Online Entertainment sold to an investment firm

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Sony Online Entertainment is known for making a number of popular, mostly massively multiplayer games – things like Planetside 2, Everquest, DC Universe Online and H1Z1. Only now, they’re no longer part of Sony. Yes, Sony’s sold off the studio, who shall henceforth be known as Daybreak Game Company – and operate as a multiplatform independent.

They’ve been bought out by investment firm Columbus Nova.

“We are excited to join Columbus Nova’s impressive roster of companies,” said John Smedley, president of Daybreak Game Company. “They have a proven track record in similar and related industries and we are eager to move forward to see how we can push the boundaries of online gaming. We will continue to focus on delivering exceptional games to players around the world, as well as bringing our portfolio to new platforms, fully embracing the multi-platform world in which we all live.”

Daybreak Game Company will continue to work on the games it’s busy with: H1Z1, EverQuest Next, EverQuest Landmark and Planetside 2 – but now free from the shackles of Sony’s name, they’ll also be making games for mobile and Microsoft’s Xbox.

“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,” the developer said on Reddit. “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.”

Now while you may be apprehensive about the fact that the studio was sold to what sounds like an investment company filled with nameless, faceless suits, it has to be said that Columbus Nova is staffed by some pretty awesome people. Jason Epstein is a senior managing partner at Columbus Nova, and he – in his personal capacity – bought Rock Band and Dance Central maker Harmonix from Viacom, just so they could continue to make games independently.

Last Updated: February 3, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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