News: Sony sells SOE to Columbus Nova

The community manager for H1Z1 announced on reddit and on the SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) forums that Sony has sold the SOE division and devs to Columbus Nova and will be named Daybreak Game Company. The purchase also includes all of SOE’s IPs so that means Everquest, Galaxies and Planetside (among others) will also be under the Daybreak umbrella. Now what does this mean for previous games like Everquest and Galaxies? Well nothing, as in they won’t be worked on. After contacting the community manager, he stated that they are not currently planning on remastering or remaking their old games or making any sequels to them. However that doesn’t leave out the possibility that with a strong community push they could start developing a successor to Galaxies with the gameplay very similar to that before pre-cu. However if you want to play Galaxies you can play on the SWG emulator that a group of people have made, http://www.swgemu.com/forums/index.php

Though due to Sony no longer owning SOE, Planetside may make its way to Xbox along with a lot of their other games like H1Z1 as well. Here is the community message:

Dear Players, Partners and Friends,

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!

The Team at Daybreak

 

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  • Kinda big news, maybe Sony really does need money.