Sony Online Entertainment has been sold by Sony to investment firm Columbus Nova, and will now operate as an independent game studio called Daybreak Game Company.
“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.”
H1Z1, EverQuest Next, EverQuest Landmark and other projects started at Sony Online Entertainment will be continued at Daybreak. Being independent from Sony will also allow the studio to bring its games for Xbox and Mobile platforms in addition to PC and PlayStation.
“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 in a Reddit post, in part. “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.