Huge news this week as Sony Online Entertainment is bought by Columbus Nova. What does this mean for the now independent developer? Jason and Mike also discuss Jason’s experiences with a number of free-to-play games at PAX South, and Dragon’s Dogma Online is apparently a thing…but will it ever be released in the West? All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

01:03 SOE Acquired by Columbus Nova
10:40 PAX South 2015 Games Review
22:45 Dragon’s Dogma Online MMO
26:21 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
33:12 Questions and Answers of the Week

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. RenTheRose on February 8, 2015

    S.O.E being sold means either a they get more space to create or they may have to earn a lot of their own money from their games so maybe changes to the cash shops either way i would definitely like to watch them closely and see where they head this could be awesome or not change a thing. lets watch them and find out. Hopes for the best but prepare for the worst.
    Abomb for monly oums death(lead animator of Red Vs Blue) he was a inspiration for me to work harder and never give up i cried through my lvl 58 to 60 grind in tera online and will miss him dearly. Even if i only met him for 10 mins he was a idol in my life and helped me become who i am to day.

  2. Vianlan on February 6, 2015

    SOE has give up their business for no reason so now they starting to become independent on their game business and it not looking to good in their condition now. they should not changed but the people who are working at SOE.
    (I wonder what going to happen to them at SOE employee?)
    1. fire the worked?
    2. move to the new company?
    3. find new people for their new business?

    (this what make me wonder going on in the background.)

  3. kestas24 on February 5, 2015

    Question of the week:
    Yes for a first time were looking at company with hands free to make games that are meant to be played not to be sold. So i’m pretty excited too see if their finally going to make games that we can log in too for fun not like going to second work (No more green eyed Big brother to make you do cash grabs).
    And A-Bomb too capcom for their fighting game Rise of incarnates, for using pier too pier system which is horrible for many reasons especially for pvp game. Hope its only for early access and will be fixed before launch

  4. tolshortte on February 5, 2015

    Question of the Week:

    I don’t think it hurts Sony at all. I think its telling about SOE’s financial and overall status if a company like Sony let it go. I don’t really have high hopes for this Daybreak company honestly. If profit was on the horizon without giving an overall negative outlook on Sony then why did Sony sell it off? Hopefully Smedley just wanted to break from the shackles of Sony and wants to make better games and treat his customers better. My opinion of Smedley doesn’t make me think that is likely though. Here is to hope I guess.

    Da Bomb to Chris Roberts and his company for their constant connection to their players and always providing seas of information to us. Also his presentation at DICE was very nice sending the message that all companies should embrace their communities and approach them as the single most important part of game development. Great approach.

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