This morning SOE announced on their forums and social media that they’ve been sold to an investment firm and are no longer under the Sony umbrella. This isn’t the first time a big change has happened to SOE, but it’s by far the biggest.
Very interesting article coming from a former Sony Online Entertainment employee. From the article - " PlayStation fanboys do not want to accept it, but Sony Corp isn’t doing to well outside of the console business. They’re bleeding money. They recently sold off their PC division, and the pressure is on Kaz Hirai to stop the bleeding anyway he can. That’s why there’ve been so many rumors of them selling off the film division…and the recent hack didn’t strengthen Sony’s side in any way. In recent years, SOE has seen several rounds of layoffs and both of us have seen friends lose their jobs. This isn’t because SOE wasn’t making money, in fact their move toward F2P games has apparently worked out very well for them. But when they’re shackled to a corporation that’s not doing the best…things kind of roll down hill." " I think it’ll be pretty cool to be able to play a console version of PlanetSide 2 and not have to be stuck on the up and down PSN to do so" Them is fighting words!
Sony should sell Spider-Man back to Marvel for an even bigger chunk of change. Lord knows Disney has an open check book and would love to get Spider-Man back for their Movie universe. Sony selling off SOE was a shame as they had a lot of great games. I wonder if the F2P model was doing as well as this person claimed it was. I guess with Sony selling of the PC division there really wasn't any reason to hold on to a PC focused 1st party developer. It's a shame because Sony could have used those IP's as more exclusives to their console. It also makes me wonder just how well the F2P model is working on consoles?
"I think it’ll be pretty cool to be able to play a console version of PlanetSide 2 and not have to be stuck on the up and down PSN to do so." Why add that? (As if XBL never goes down)
Not as much as PSN tho
What's the big deal? It's not like they have any games that are game-changers. Besides, it will still be on PS platform as well as Xb. This is all just gunpowder for the MSboys - not that much though.
It's good for Daybreak, not fanboys - Greater revenue from game sales and financial backing from a company who can actually afford it.
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