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In a very surprising move, Sony Online Entertainment is leaving the Sony nest after being bought out by Columbus Nova. The New York-based investment company (who currently hold over $15 billion in assets) announced today that they had acquired Sony Online Entertainment. Sony Online Entertainment announced that they will be getting a name change, going by the name of Daybreak Game Company LLC from now on.

SOE/Daybreak had this to say to their community:

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!

Jason Epstein, a senior partner of Columbus Nova also commented on the acquisition of SOE as well:

We see tremendous opportunities for growth with the expansion of the company’s game portfolio through multi-platform offerings as well as an exciting portfolio of new quality games coming up, including the recently launched H1Z1 and the highly anticipated EverQuest Next to be released in the near future

In its time as a part of Sony, SOE managed to have their name on no less that 33 titles in between its beginnings in 1995 to now. SOE’s best known titles include Star Wars Galaxies, the legendary Everquest series, DC Universe Online and Planetside 1/2. SOE had three titles in development before the change in employment, and Daybreak made a comment on the upcoming changes:

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.

As for the economical side of things, the details of the sale are undisclosed. One could speculate, that the reason Sony chose to go ahead with the sale of SOE was due to poor performance; for instance, Sony recorded a 60 million U.S. dollars write-off of certain SOE titles last year. With the recent restructuring within Sony, perhaps this move is not all that surprising after all.

Whether that means we’ll be seeing Planetside 2, H1Z1 and Landmark on Xbox One will remain to be seen, however John Smedley did make this comment on twitter:

[UPDATE] Since we posted some more details have become available from SOE Daybreak, as president John Smedley took to twitter to answer some questions. The gist of his posts are this:

Everquest Next is still being developed by Daybreak, Station Cash (a currency used in SOE’s games) will not undergo any changes (except for a potential rebranding), Daybreak wants to bring their games to Xbox One alongside PS4, and all their games will continue to run despite the namechange.

John Smedley also answered some tweets directed towards, this one tweet being the highlight:

What do you think about the news? Are you excited to see future titles by Daybreak on Xbox One? Sound off in the comments below!

Marc Henriksen

I played my first video game when I was 4 years old and I haven't looked back since. If you can't find me playing videogames, writing, or playing music, I'm probably dead.

  • wait….what?
    Sony is breaking away from….sony?

  • Guest

    It would be amusing if they plan to keep the name.

  • Unfortunately, they won’t.

    (read the article)

  • Virtual Boy

    I hope H1Z1 comes to Xbox One now. I know it’s had some problems, but it looked cool.

  • Cytos Lpagtr

    they might not be able to wait to build xbone games, but a lot of people sure can wait to play them. i doubt many people still even have it plugged in

    i do hope this means they will have more resources to put into EQN and landmark

  • Ben Kuyt

    I’m actually excited for this. Planetside 2 is my favourite free to play game, and even though it’s been having trouble getting onto PS4, I hope it’ll come to Xbox One as well. It truly is a next gen game, so it deserves to be on as many systems as possible.

  • Cy

    Super excited, especially since they seem to want to port games to consoles. I’d kill for Everquest 2 on my Xbox.

  • Grey

    Best of luck to them, I suppose. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever played a single one of their games. Not into MMOs, generally speaking. Know a lot of people have fond memories of Everquest or say good things about Planetside. Hope their new corporate owners don’t step on their creativity or anything.

  • TheCybercoco

    You’re date is wrong.

  • Azo Army

    I play mine way more than my PS4….I at least have games to play on my X1.

  • TaMpA_bLaCk

    You mean EQ Next? EQ2 is never coming to consoles. EverQuest Next is however at least to the PS4 confirmed.