In a surprising announcement yesterday, Sony Online Entertainment announced that they’ve been sold off from Sony to investment firm Columbus Nova, who currently has a handful of acquisitions under its sleeve. With the news that SOE are no longer tied to Sony, they revealed that they’ll now become their own independent studio and will now go by the name of Daybreak Game Company. But what does that mean for the future of their games?
Simply put, nothing will change. SOE, or Daybreak as they’re now called, have managed to take all of their IP’s with them including Everquest, H1Z1, Planetside, and more.
“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.”
In fact, for those worried about the future of the studio now they don’t have Sony behind them, it’ll actually work out for the better as SOE can concentrate on other platforms including Xbox and mobile.
“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 post 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.”
“Can’t wait to make Xbox games,” John Smedley said on Twitter. He later assured fans that “All of our games are still here and will continue to be.”
Right now, Daybreak Game Company is working on the Early Access release of H1Z1 as well as the PlayStation 4 release of Planetside 2. It’s likely in the future that we’ll see both of these games eventually land on Xbox One too, as H1Z1 was always planned for PlayStation 4. I’m looking forward to seeing what Daybreak bring in the future.