SOE Turns Independent, Eyes Xbox Support

Developer of H1Z1 and Planetside 2 ready to build games for multiple formats.

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Sony Online Entertainment, the company responsible for MMOs such as Planetside 2, H1Z1, and DC Universe Online, has broken away from Sony and is now operating as an independent company.

The extraordinary transition was made possible after Columbus Nova, an investment management firm based in New York, had bought out the company for an undisclosed sum.

"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 multiplatform gaming company," the studio wrote.

"Yes, that means PlayStation and Xbox, mobile, and more!"

Jon Smedley, the president of the company, has already stated his intent to make Xbox One games.

can't wait to make Xbox One games!

— John Smedley (@j_smedley) February 2, 2015

The sale of the business comes with a name change for SOE, which henceforth will refer to itself as Daybreak Game Company.

"This name embodies who we are as an organization, and is a nod to the passion and dedication of our employees and players. It is also representative of our vision to approach each new day as an opportunity to move gaming forward."

The company urges that there will be no disruption to its current online games during the transition.

"It will be business as usual and all SOE games will continue on their current path of development and operation. In fact, we expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition. It also means new exciting developments for our existing IP and games as we can now fully embrace the multi-platform world we are living in."

Sony Online Entertainment was founded in 1995, starting with the name Sony Interactive Studios America, and in 1998 became SOE. It was originally tasked with making PlayStation-only games, though in recent years has focused specifically on free-to-play PC games.

"Our games and players are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are committed to maintaining our portfolio of online games and pushing the limits of where we can take online gaming together."

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Teebown24

sooooo much butthurt, on both sides of the line on this site.


heres a revolutionary concept: how about you buy the console you prefer, be it due to brand loyalty or exclusive lineup or whatever you choose to use as reasoning. Then, directly following step 1, how about we DONT have flamewars about consoles or pc, and just accept and be thankful for the wide variety of options we have.


DISCLAIMER: yes, i do own a ps4. yes, i am a supporter of Daylight Game Company (formerly SOE). and no, i am not sad to hear they have ended their tenure as an in house developer. I enjoy PS2, and im happy that more people will get to experience the game. but hey, im just one of the weirdos that doesnt feel the need to have aggressive brand loyalty. and prior to you all pulling out the pitchforks and screaming "PS4 FANBOY IN DENIAL", ill have you know that i owned both a 360 and ps3 last generation, but felt that the PS4 was the better option for first purchase of this generation, and that i fully intend to acquire an Xbox 1 when i have the money to do so.


Thank you for your consideration

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zsherman51590

i for one am excited for this because as an xbox one player and a current non gaming pc owner, i have always been fascinated by planetside 2 and i thought what SOE was/is doing is really bold and a cool idea all round and I have been jealous of them because of that. I have thought about buying a ps4 or saving up for gaming PC to run planetside 2 but now due to this acquisition i am excited for the possibility to have ps2 coming to the xbox one. with that being said i am sad to see SOE go because they have done a great job on PS2 and im afraid that there could be some sort of downward progress spiral and hopefully that is not the case. as main xbox one player who appreciates the potential of not just xbox one but also ps4 along with it I want nothing but great things for all consoles and I hope through this acquisition we can take this opportunity to learn from each other and better things for everyone. co-existance is essential for the greater success of everything this should only turn out to be a good thing and hopefully there will be no negative consequences of this.


peace be to everyone and lets not hate each other over the stupidest of things

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blackace

Does this mean EveryQuest Next and Planetside 2 are coming to XBox One? Sweet. So Sony gets rid of most of their Sony Stores (14 closed in Canada. Many closed in U.S. include the big one in San Fran) and now they sell of their SOE division. WTF?!? didn't they just make a profit over $250 million in this 3rd quarter? Why are they still selling and closing everything? What's the BIG picture look like for Sony?

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Thommohawk117

<< LINK REMOVED >> when a company gets too big it often becomes difficult for the company to function properly, often due to bureaucracy or other things. So companies sell off or break apart their company so it can function better and make higher profits.

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BenFuller619

I wonder now this has happened if we will see dcuo on xbox one

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NyaDC

I hope you all realize that humdingermarkie is an insane PlayStation 4 fanboy aliasing as an Xbox One fanatic intentionally trying to make Xbox One owners look like a bunch of idi0ts...


Is this only clear to me?

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LatinproX

<< LINK REMOVED >> Good luck preaching to all the fans, better save it for people that can actually be reasoned with...lol

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Reduc_Ab_

Think you're alone on that one buddy. But anyway xb.ot fanboys don't need humdinger to make them look st.upid.

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NyaDC

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's a two way street, people on the other side of the fence are equally dumb.

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Reduc_Ab_

I absolutely agree. I mean I come here mostly for entertainment, but at times it does get tiring.

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k9kal85

Hmmm Sony sells Game Studio and then asks to delay financial reports..........wth is going on at Sony?

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Reduc_Ab_

I just love how this article has revealed m.soft fanboys' w.et dream of having Naughty Dog all to themselves.

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LatinproX

<< LINK REMOVED >> Over-rated lazydog is more like it. Are they busy again making another edition of their one trick pony or are they going to release another IP anytime soon? Not holding my breath as my PS4 keeps collecting dust...

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Reduc_Ab_

I just love how this article has revealed m.soft fanboys' wet dream of having N.aughty Dog all to themselves.

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Grenadehh

Oh the sweet sweet taste of shoes. How do they taste, Sony kids?


"Xbox doesn't have super epic mega amazing games like Planetside 2 or War Thunder or H1Z1 hurr durrrr!"


HA! ahahahaha.


Now horrible Planetside 2 and H1Z1 will be on Xbox as well, and then all can experience how pointless it is.

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Stogin

<< LINK REMOVED >> That goes both ways, there were plenty of XBox fans going on and on about how terrible everything that company made was, not it's "HAHAHA we get these games now too!!!!!!"

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sambucca

Lol, funny to see all the Xbox fanboys who said Planetside 2 sucked getting excited over the prospect of it appearing on Xbox One.

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NyaDC

<< LINK REMOVED >> I played it on PC, as a 14 year Counter-Strike player I have got to say PS2 is a pretty garbage and casual game. I couldn't care less what platform it's on, it's still junk...

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sambucca

Your opinion. I've played it on PC since it was released and while it's not an AMAZING game, it's certainly not junk. But then you're an Xbox fan, who thinks Xbox owners are superior to EVERYONE, so I'm not surprised by your remark.

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LatinproX

<< LINK REMOVED >> Said like a true PS4 fan whining about Xbox1 fans talking smack about them. PC owners don`t need to go there, cause we know the diff, just walk away snickering as you should.

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sambucca

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Haha, wrong. If you’d be so kind as to check out this video on pootube, you’d see that I absolutely detest fanboyism:

/watch?v=QB3bAe5pKYM

Oh and FYI; PC elitists are the worst.

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sambucca

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Haha, wrong. If you’d be so kind as to check out this video on pootube, you’d see that I absolutely detest fanboyism:

/watch?v=QB3bAe5pKYM

Oh and FYI; PC elitists are the worst.

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nikon133

<< LINK REMOVED >> I think it is great if played right. For those who think they can lonewolf around and knife everyone for some good k/d, well, there are other games for that. For those who want to invest some time learning how teamplay works in this game, and becoming part of good team with proper command structure - the experience is really great and unique.

This game made me stop playing BF3 and completely skipping on BF4. I also missed last few CoDs, but to be honest - I'd probably miss those anyway... so much as I am concerned, PS2 was and still is the best multiplayer FPS out there. All matter of taste, really.

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sambucca

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Couldn't agree more... Taste is what matters. If people aren't clever in how they play then they aren't going to like it. I absolutely do not agree with nyadc's comments about it being a garbage and casual game.

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nikon133

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> True. It is all but casual; every review agrees that it has steep learning curve. And even when you understand how the game works, you still don't just dash through it and expect to be successful - importance of good tactics is paramount when you have battles with a few hundreds fighters on all sides, as opposite to small 8vs8 or 16vs16 skirmishes you get in more casual online shooters.

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NyaDC

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah because me talking about PC gaming has so much relation to the Xbox, nice logic...

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sambucca

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Ahem... Do you recall your ridiculous analogy from another article??? If that wasn't Xbox fanboyism, I don't know what is.

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Grenadehh

<< LINK REMOVED >> Some of, and no.

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xantufrog

Oh man. So much fanwar. So little rationality.

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ipar

I wonder who Sony will sell off next,ND anyone!

I wouldn't mind seeing ND developing games for the XBO.

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Kyelo

<< LINK REMOVED >> they'll sell nobody that is making money. Simple.

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ipar

Let's see what happens, it wasn't all that long ago I was told planet side 2 would never appear on XBO and now SOE is making multiplatform games.

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McGregor

<< LINK REMOVED >> It wouldn't be hard to port it to the X1 either, it's already on PC.

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diggyphelps

<< LINK REMOVED >> ND won't ever be sold unless they tank. SOE is a poor dev that was /is bleeding money. Simple as that.