As strange as it might sound, the company formally known as Sony Online Entertainment has departed Sony and joined the investment group Columbus Nova to form a independent game studio known as Daybreak Game Company. Originally founded in 1995, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is responsible for MMO’s such as EverQuest, PlanetSide and the still upcoming H1Z1. After the acquisition by Nova, there was much speculation on the fate of those three titles but it has been assured that those titles will remain active and worked upon.
Upon acquisition, this note was released to the public: “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.”
If there was any doubt on the studios ability to maintain its current set of games, the note continued with; “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.”
President John Smedly even took to Twitter to express his excitement, simply stating that he “Can’t wait to make Xbox One games!”
Stay tuned for more information on the newly formed Daybreak Game Company!