Who would have thought that Sony would ever part from its Sony Online Entertainment arm? In surprising news, that’s exactly what happened, with the official announcement of SOE being sold to Columbus Nova, an investment management firm, and being renamed Daybreak Game Company.
The new studio will now focus in multiplatform development: “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!”
Daybreak Game Company added that the acquisition won’t affect current SOE games such as PlanetSide 2, H1Z1 and EverQuest Next: “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.”
You probably know Daybreak president John Smedley, who just tweeted the following:
can't wait to make Xbox One games!
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) February 2, 2015
Life really is crazy, right?