Sony Online Entertainment have always felt like a bit of a odd developer, somewhat caught out of time. They looked like they were a division of Sony still trying to capitalize into the already burst bubble of MMOs.They've continued to create popular online games, but they've never blown up the market in the way I'm sure Sony would have hoped.
To that, Sony Online Entertainment is no long under the hand of the Japanese corporation. The developer took to their forums (Via Polygon) today to announce the move and that in the future they will be owned by Columbus Nova under the name Daybreak Game Company.
The developer said they didn't expect any changes to their games such as DC Universe Online, EverQuest Next and the popular new title H1Z1. In fact, they expected a burst in revenue from the aquisition. The developer took to Reddit to say:
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.
The developer is also free to now go make Xbox One games.
I don't quite share the optimism of the developer on this buy as something must have been a miss for this sale to take place. I'm wishing the best for the developer moving forward though.