Sony Online Entertainment bought out, now rebranded as Daybreak Game Company

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Sony Online Entertainment will now be operating as an independent video game studio, thanks to it being bought out by Columbus Nova, a New York investment management firm. The studio has developed MMO games like EverQuest, Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, Landmark and the upcoming EverQuest Next.

With the announcement of SOE being bought out, it will also be changing its name. Sony will no longer be represented, as it will be called 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.”

As long as the studio is able to create games that gamers can enjoy, then this news should be okay.

Check out our impressions on some of its games including H1Z1 and Landmark.

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