Sony Online Entertainment Is No More; Becomes Daybreak Game Company


In a move that makes sense within the context of Sony selling off its properties to leverage funding for the company proper, Sony Online Entertainment announces that they have been acquired by an investment management firm called Columbus Nova. As such, SOE will remain as a company independent from Sony, and will be rebranded as Daybreak Game Company. They have a website ready in that name, however it redirects to the “” homepage at the time of posting.

More importantly for fans of Sony Entertainment Online games like EverQuest Next, PlanetSide 2, H1Z1 and DC Universe Online comes the news that, as an independent company and the funding from Columbus Nova, Daybreak will now work to bring their titles to previously-competing platforms.

“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 multi-platform gaming company,” a community relations expert from Sony Online Entertainment explains. “Yes, that means PlayStation and Xbox, mobile and more!”

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While it seems odd for Sony to be selling off Sony Entertainment Online, their relationship with the PC/MMO company didn’t seem as high a priority to the company at large when it comes to gaming. That honor goes to the PlayStation brand, especially with the PS4 selling more than 18.5 million units so far in its early life that will have more of its quarterly earnings information released this Wednesday. Developing for a platform that Sony doesn’t have a proprietary platform with makes little sense in the large scheme of things.

That said, it’s great to see that Sony Online Entertainment’s venture into Daybreak will result in opening up of previous platform restrictions. If it leads to a wider birth of MMO experiences on console, then it’s certainly great for older-PC gamers (ie: running on outdated systems) who own such consoles that don’t necessarily want to break the bank upgrading their computers. Accessibility is always better when it comes to developers not tied to companies like Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft. Let’s see if this revitalization effort turns out for the best.

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