In a surprising announcement this afternoon, we learn that Sony is selling Sony Online Entertainment, a studio that has been with Sony since 1995. SOE is the creator of games such as Everquest, Planetside 2, and the more recent H1z1. Columbus Nova, an investment management firm, made the announcement that they would purchase SOE, who is now going by the name of Daybreak Studios, though terms of this deal have no been disclosed.
So, after nearly 20 years with Sony, you would think that SOE would be a bit upset by this change of hands. However, SOE is taking this in stride, looking at the entire situation as an opportunity to explore new waters. John Smedley, president of the studio, tweeted that he "can't wait to make Xbox One games", and this is certainly a good sign. Additionally, an official announcement made on their own forums showed the studios interest in multiplatform releases:
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!
Finally, SOE still plans to continue to support all of their currently released games, even saying that they "expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of the acquisition" which will lead to "new exciting developments for our existing IP and games". Certainly, this seems to be nothing but good for SOE, now that they have the chance to stretch their wings and move to other consoles, I think we can expect good things. However, how do you feel about this announcement? Is this a horrible move for Sony, is SOE any better off now that they've separated? Let us know how you feel below.
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