Sony has sold Sony Online Entertainment to Columbus Nova, an investment management firm based in New York and renamed it Daybreak Game Company.

Sony Online Entertainment best known for creating massively multiplayer online games including EverQuest, PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, Landmark and the highly-anticipated EverQuest Next.

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After the completion of the transaction, SOE will operate as an independent game development studio and “continue to focus on creating quality online games, providing excellent service to its extensive player base, while centering on its untapped potential as a multi-platform online gaming company.

Along with the transaction, SOE will be rebranded and operate under the new name of Daybreak Game Company (”

“Sony Online Entertainment, newly rebranded as Daybreak, is a great addition to our existing portfolio of technology, media and entertainment focused companies.

We see tremendous opportunities for growth with the expansion of the company’s game portfolio through multi-platform offerings as well as an exciting portfolio of new quality games coming up, including the recently launched H1Z1 and the highly anticipated EverQuest Next to be released in the near future, said Jason Epstein, Senior Partner of Columbus Nova.

The recent Early Access launch success of H1Z1 is just one testament to the talent and dedication of the studio’s developers to create great online gaming experiences.”

“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, said John Smedley, President, Daybreak Game Company.

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.”

The studio will operate as an independent game development studio, it will continue to work on MMO games and since it no longer part of Sony, the studio will now release multi-platform games on other platforms, such as Xbox, mobile and more!!


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