News broke out today that Sony has sold off SOE, the developers behind many of the MMO titles published by Sony including Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, and Free Realms among many other titles.
A private New York firm “Columbus Nova” purchased the company for an undisclosed amount of money and made the deal official by changing the name from SOE to “Daybreak Game Company.”
The most important news seems to be that they will become multi-platform because of this deal. The president of Daybreak Game Company stated “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.” A tweet was also seen earlier today that read “Can’t wait to make Xbox One titles!”
Included in the full announcement was PlayStation, Xbox, and mobile titles on top of sticking with PC as well. So it felt rather odd that they jumped straight to celebrating production of Xbox titles.
Also worth noting is that all current games will still have support, while all projects will continue as planned. This means Everquest projects will continue, Planetside 2 for PS4 is still on track, and of course H1Z1 is still being released. They also noted that “all current titles” will recieve multi-platform support.
This to me is a mixed bag of feelings. On the plus side, more people playing games is great news for everybody! The thing is, SOE doesn’t really make all that amazing titles, but have truly been improving as of late. Planetside 2, DC Universe, and even H1Z1 seem to be breaking new ground for them. So it seems a little odd to sell them just before the truly peak.
Also, this begs the question, what does it mean for cross platform play? Also will it slow down PlanetSide 2 for PS4 even more?
As an Xbox person it is somewhat thrilling because a few of their titles are worth checking out.