Sony Online Entertainment is Purchased by Columbus Nova, Rebranded to Daybreak Game Company

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Sony Online Entertainment has been wholly purchased by Columbus Nova, a New York-based investment management firm.

The former Sony-owned production studio is being rebranded to Daybreak Game Company. So what does this mean for all of their current and future projects? The acquisition is definitely a move to re-establish the studio as an independent game studio, with a continued focus on online games.

The Daybreak team broke down the entire transition in a forum post, where they explicitly state they’ll be a multiplatform company from now on, specifically “PlayStation and Xbox, mobile and more!”

You can find press blurbs from both involved companies below:

Jason Epstein, Senior Partner of Columbus Nova

“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. 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.”


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.”

Daybreak Game Studio is currently working on EverQuest Next, and the newly launched H1Z1 on Steam Early Access.

So what are your thoughts guys? Is this a good, neutral, or bad scenario?

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