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Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is no more, well at least under that name. Sony has sold off the entire division to Columbus Nova, a New York based investment management firm. Effective immediately, the studio will operate under the name Daybreak Game Company.

The announcement appears on every SOE game forum but if you want to check out an example of the post, click here to view the post on the PlanetSide 2 forums.

Daybreak Game Company will be an independent development house and will focus on delivering its current slate of titles while continuing to move forward with games like H1Z1 and Everquest Next. Being independent, Daybreak Game Company will no longer be confined to PC and Playstation products and will be opening up new avenues of development including development for the Xbox One and mobile platforms.

John Smedley, president of Daybreak Game Company said this regarding the transition:

“We are excited to join Columbus Nova’s impressive roster of companies. They have a proven track record in similar and related industries and we are eager to move forward to see how we can push the boundaries of online gaming. We will continue to focus on delivering exceptional games to players around the world, as well as bringing our portfolio to new platforms, fully embracing the multi-platform world in which we all live.”

Is this good news for the company? Sound off below?

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  1. siryuzu on May 27, 2015

    Geez someone was brave enough to buy SoE?
    Im not sure whats going to happen now…

  2. wakawaka on February 4, 2015

    I feel bad for all of the chumps that pre-ordered EQ: Next for the early access alpha. One hopes this is a lesson to them about paying for a product that isn’t finished but I have a feeling they will never learn.

  3. Freaksnetworkdotnet on February 3, 2015

    i wasent the biggest SOE fan but i played their games from time to time…. it will be sad to see that one go….

    • Shanex on February 4, 2015

      It’s not going though, just changing the name.
      Read man

  4. lordnox24 on February 3, 2015

    aaaand another development company ruined….bbye SOE. While it wasn’t exactly an awesome company like NCSoft, they did make some awesome games including Planetside2 and DC Universe. The MMO industry is getting slowly ruined by pay2win and freemium bullshit. In my opinion games should either be Buy 2 play like GuildWars 2 and now soon ESO. Or Truy free like LOL, Dota2, Aion and Lineage2. I don’t mind subscription based games like WOW either but let’s face it, the games today don’t deserve nearly as much money as some ppl pump in them. For instance i would never pay 12€ a month for some outdated game like WOW. It either goes free to play or blizzard makes a new MMO like it.

  5. Richard on February 2, 2015

    wtf? that is just stupid. poor soe. gg and good bye lol.

  6. Jokul on February 2, 2015

    Riperino SOE

  7. Sir Jaxxy on February 2, 2015

    Having dealt with investment firms like Columbus Nova, in a previous life, I think this is going to be a very sad day for PC gamers. These guys want a fast return on their investment and will start making cuts right away. They will then start adding quick sell items to the cash shop, you know like weapons and armor. Add to that the whole quote “As Well As Bringing Our Portfolio To New Platforms, Fully Embracing The Multi-Platform World In Which We All Live.” and it spells doom. SOE had their faults but in the end they delivered a product that PC gamers wanted to play. I think this whole H1Z1 feeling of “we are going to make the game we want despite our player base” is just the tip of the iceberg. On top of all that by “Fully Embracing The Multi-Platform World In Which We All Live” means the dumbing down and simplifying of our beloved PC games so they become commercially viable for the mobile & console markets.

    • Terranova667 on February 3, 2015

      Console gaming isn’t the issue SOE had F2P games on the Playstation for some time now DCUO being one that has done well on it and Planetside 2 was maybe still is heading to PS4, but I agree with you about the rest regarding Columbus Nova

    • Annonymouse on February 4, 2015

      “They will then start adding quick sell items to the cash shop, you know like weapons and armor.”

      They’ve already been doing that. Weapon air drops in the Dayz clone for example.

      Planetside 2 has tons of this stuff.

      I know people seem to think the sky is falling but I don’t think much will change with this transition unless SOE wasn’t turning a good profit in the first place (which it probably is). Investors aren’t stupid, they know when they acquire something profitable that sometimes it’s best to just leave it how it is.

      SOE never delivered a product that I wanted to play as a PC gamer personally. Some interesting things, but altogether I found their offerings sub par.

  8. fromhelll on February 2, 2015

    Lost me at new york, lost me even more with investment management firm, no i think new york was enough actually. I really hope I’m wrong about this one, SOE was one of the few companies who tried to make big, good games, not just newer and shinier, I would hate to see them going from what they are to another bullshit company like EA, just surviving off of hype.
    It’ll be a good sign if they keep the same team and continue working on the same projects.

    • legofkain on February 3, 2015

      Although they may keep the same team and do the same projects, it’s sad (but true) to say that the management will surely ruin it sooner or later. Just take a look at Bioware, as an example, when EA took hold of it

  9. Razer on February 2, 2015

    RIP in pepperoni, Planetside 2

  10. some random scottish guy on February 2, 2015

    “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.” Quote from SOE employee.

    Yes we do live in a time where cross platform gaming exists and as a PC gamer I can tell you its one thing I am not happy about. Thanks to all this cross platform bullshit we are seeing our games turned into utter garbage and simplified so that any 3 year old could play.

    A long time ago in a galaxy not that far away actually…. console gamers wanted cool games like the pc gamers had, now they have there cool games and there a lot easyer to make so the developers all like making shit games these days that take no time at all to spew out…..THE END.

    WOOO LONG LIVE CROSSPLATFORM

    • fromhelll on February 2, 2015

      crossplataform? that hasn’t happened and won’t happen because of microsoft.

  11. Terranova667 on February 2, 2015

    Wow never in a million years did i expect Sony to sell one of their own Dev teams like this especially to a company Like Columbus nova a bunch of suits that really couldn’t give a crap about gamers or gaming, checking out the guys that own and run it none of them have been involved in gaming in any capacity at all so i don’t see where the hell the proven track record of similar industries has any benefit.

    They will want return on their investments ASAP it’s how these guys work i have dealt with their type in my line of work and they are not the sort that likes to wait around for the money to just trickle in , if anyone is expecting good things to come from this or believe nothing will change I would think again, hopefully I’m wrong but it’s a very sad day my hopes for EQ next have just gone down the drain.

    • legofkain on February 3, 2015

      To be sure, the financial difficulties that hit sony after the release of PS4 totally made them desperate, which imo might lead to more serious complications/disasters for the gaming industries like this one

  12. OhGODWHY on February 2, 2015

    Welp, Good bye good games. At first this news seemed OK, not great but I can live with it… But then I read the whole article… ” will be opening up new avenues of development including development for the Xbox One and mobile platforms” . The word Mobile platforms dropped just like a hammer and brought me back to reality. I hope I am dead wrong about this, but I feel that the cash shops are gonna get a LOT worse in these games.

    • legofkain on February 3, 2015

      You’re correct. Just take a look at the latest re-incarnation of the good old Dungeon Keeper, rofl. Also reminds me of Age of Empires online and the trend it started

  13. Urs-00 on February 2, 2015

    what an amazing news, because while I wait for EverQuest Next, I was thinking to myself “oh, it would be so amazing if I had a generic money-grab crap on my phone” -.-

    great, another company controlled by executives that don’t care about games, only about money… SOE was far from being amazing, but I think the “mobile” part just show that it can get a lot worse, let’s hope that they will only abuse the cash shop of the mobile games

    omg, now I’m worried about EQ =(

    • KainDarkfire on February 2, 2015

      Actually, I hope that people don’t throw any money at whatever they do. It’s the only way to win against this war.

      • Pepperoni on February 2, 2015

        But wat if the plan Backfires and instead they close because of Bank Rupt?

        • Richard on February 2, 2015

          Then they will know better.

        • legofkain on February 3, 2015

          Highly doubt it. Too many other cash-grabbers succeeded for this to fail

        • Razer on February 3, 2015

          There is no “backfire” here. If they force an abusive cash shop into the game, they deserve to go bankrupt, especially the publisher.

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