There are a lot of surprising news in SOE this month, all pertaining to separations or breaking away. Read on.
Sony Sells Off Sony Online Entertainment, Renames it Daybreak Game Company February 2, 2015 – SOE has announced today that Sony has sold the developer of EverQuest, PlanetSide, DC Universe Online and the recently released H1Z1 to investment firm Columbus Nova. The developer, Sony Online Entertainment, will now operate under a new name, Daybreak Game Company, as an independent game studio.
The studio will continue to develop game projects started by SOE such as EverQuest Landmark, EverQuest Next and H1Z1. It will also develop titles for Xbox and mobile platforms, in addition to PlayStation and PC, now that it has become independent of Sony.
According to John Smedley, president of Daybreak Game Company, “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. 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.”
“Our games and players are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are committed to maintaining our portfolio of online games and pushing the limits of where we can take online gaming together.” the developer said in a post on Reddit.
John Smedley also said on Twitter that, “Can’t wait to make Xbox games.” Where he also later offered assurance to fans that, “All of our games are still here and will continue to be.”
David Georgeson and Others Laid Off at Daybreak Game Company Today February 11, 2015 – David Georgeson, the man who has served as the face of EverQuest for so many years, is only one among many who is being laid off at Daybreak studio today.
There is no knowing how many people will be let go, since as of press time, staffs are still being informed who will remain employed and who will be not.
Daybreak Game Company, previously known as Sony Online Entertainment for almost two decades, is an independent gaming company and which has changed its name and ownership last week after Sony sold it to Columbus Nova, a management firm based in New York.
A statement from PR representatives at Daybreak says, “As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.”