In a rather sudden piece of breaking news, it was announced that the studio formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment (PlanetSide and EverQuest series) has been purchased by Columbus Nova, an investment management firm. The studio will now be officially known as Daybreak Game Company, an independent game development studio no longer related to Sony Corporation.
I am guessing this deal had been in the works for quite some time, seeing how Sony Corporation is shedding off several business units, and focusing all its gaming resources under the PlayStation brand. With this, Daybreak Game Company will now develop games for multi-platforms, including PC, consoles and mobile devices. It was assured that all game operations will remain the same.
In fact, an official announcement claimed that the new company “expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition”. Though I have no idea about the businesses of the new parent company, Columbus Nova, I wish Daybreak Game Company all the best. Hopefully, development for EverQuest Next will speed up and launch within the year.