Here’s some unexpected news as Sony has confirmed the sale of Sony Online Entertainment to Columbus Nova, with the studio now going by the name of Daybreak Game Company. SOE is currently developing open world zombie survival title H1Z1, and is also known for the Planetside series and DC Universe Online.
Today, we are pleased to announce that we have been acquired by Columbus Nova, an investment management firm well known for its success with its existing portfolio of technology, media and entertainment focused companies. 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 multi-platform gaming company. Yes, that means PlayStation and Xbox, mobile and more!
According to a post on Sony’s forums all properties in development at the studio will continue as planned, which means we’ll still see PlanetSide 2 on PS4. Maybe there will be some kind of exclusivity deal there for a bit, with an Xbox One version releasing later. As Daybreak moves forward H1Z1 is another property that may release across both PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC. DC Universe could make the multi console jump too, but Daybreak may find the game a bit too old to bother with doing so.
Source: Sony Forums