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SOE acquired, becomes Daybreak Game Company

Sony Online Entertainment titles headed to Xbox and mobile [UPDATE: SOE just wasn't "particularly strategic" for Sony, say analysts]

Sony Online Entertainment is to become Daybreak Game Company and turn its focus to multi-platform gaming. The company been acquired by Columbus Nova and is now an indie studio.

"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."

The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed and there's no word from Sony as yet. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to them for comment.

"We are excited to join Columbus Nova's impressive roster of companies. 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," said company president John Smedley.

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Ron Dippold Software/Firmware Engineer 6 years ago
Sony's finally starting to get out of businesses it's not very good at. Forced to, I'm sure, by huge losses elsewhere, but they could certainly use a lot more focus on things they're great at - it's a pride thing. And good luck to the guys at Daybreak - with a couple of launch games coming up that are mostly already paid for (EQ Next, H1Z1, Landmark, Planetside 2 on PS4) the timing might be great.

One thing I'm curious about - was SOE using the same network infrastructure as PSN?
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Shane Sweeney Academic 6 years ago
SOE was a money sink. Smart move, best outcome for everyone.

Jason Epstein now owns both SOE and Harmonix. Epstein helped make Harmonix profitable again after the guitar rhythm genre collapsed. If he and his other partners turns SOE around and keep making good decisions this could be the start of a new Bethesda.
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Robert Ilott Build & CM Engineer, Criterion Games6 years ago
Let's hope they don't go the same way as GMTV after it was rebranded as Daybreak. (Look it up, non-UK folks :) )
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Jonah Falcon Writer 6 years ago
Does this mean current licensed properties will come to the Xbox One (that is, DC Universe Online)? It's a sure bet PlanetSide 2 will come.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jonah Falcon on 4th February 2015 2:29am

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