Sony Online Entertainment, who have been responsible for developing Planetside 2, and just in the last week released MMO zombie-survival game H1Z1, have now turned into an independent studio.
The change comes with immediate effect and is thanks to an investment management firm called Columbus Nova who have acquired SOE for an undisclosed sum. The change means that SOE will now refer to themselves as Daybreak Game Company.
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 multiplatform gaming company. Yes, that means PlayStation and Xbox, mobile, and more!
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.
The company has reassured its fans and customers that there won't be any interruption to their online services whilst the change over is happening and have said that all of the games they are developing will remain on the same path.
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.
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 studio was formed all the way back in 1995, before taking on the name of Sony Online Entertainment in 1998. Their focus in recent years has been on free-to-play PC games but the change to an independent studio means that they will likely be looking at other platforms now as well.