Sony Online Entertainment, SOE, is to become Daybreak Game Company as it leaves Sony and is acquired by Columbus Nova. Daybreak will now function as an inidie studio and go multiplatform
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.
As part of this transition, SOE will now become Daybreak Game Company. This name embodies who we are as an organization, and is a nod to the passion and dedication of our employees and players. It is also representative of our vision to approach each new day as an opportunity to move gaming forward.”
Game company President, John Smedley took to Twitter
can’t wait to make Xbox One games!
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) February 2, 2015
There is no mention of what games from their library will make their way multiplatform due to IP agreements with Sony but the studio is known for H1Z1 and EverQuest Next.
Columbus Nova is a New York investment firm that was founded in 2000. Its CEO is Andrew Intrater, a former energy, base metals and mining executive and the company currently manages around $15 billion in assets.