Sony Online Entertainment, the developer behind MMOs such as Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, Everquest, and the newly released H1Z1 has been sold off.
No longer being part of the Sony group, it has been renamed Daybreak Game Company, a “representative of our vision to…move gaming forward” stated the Daybreak Team.
The transition was realised through Columbus Nova, a New York based investment management firm, which bought SOE for an undisclosed price. Daybreak joins the firm’s existing successful portfolio of media, entertainment and technology.
The company originated as an in-house producer within Sony Interactive Studios America in 1995 which began the project which would create the category of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. From this It became home to a number of such games including Star Wars Galaxies and The Matrix Online as well as those mentioned.
Receiving an Emmy for Everquest, the studio had initial success but saw significant cuts to staff and a cyber-attack later on in 2011 which saw the data of 24.6 million customers being compromised. The buy-out therefore seems to be good news for the studio as the announcement stated “even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition.” This comes as Sony has been reducing its investments in computing and in its Sony Ericsson Phone due to net losses.
What this also means is a move to cross-platform publishing. No longer tied to Sony, Daybreak intends to extend its portfolio beyond PC and PlayStation, to include Xbox and mobile: “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!” stated the Daybreak team.
This could mean that recent games will be ported to other platforms in coming months.