It has been announced this week that Sony has sold their long-standing Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) games development arm to investment management firm Columbus Nova.
Starting immediately SOE will be rebranded the Daybreak Game Company and will immediately become an independent game development studio. During which time it will continue to focus on creating online games and current projects will remain in development, say its new owners.
Now that SOE is an independent game studio it will be able to concentrate on developing multi-platform titles and today Daybreak president John Smedley confirmed via Twitter that “All of our games are still here and will continue to be.” Daybreak explained over on its forums :
“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.
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. 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.
Our games and players are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are committed to maintaining our portfolio of online games and pushing the limits of where we can take online gaming together. Thank you for your continued support. See you in game!”
For more information on the new SOE sale jump over to the Daybreak website for details. Are you pleased about the sale? What do you think it will bring to the titles that are already published and in development?