Looks like Sony made a quick buck by selling the Sony Online Entertainment division to investment management firm Columbus Nova. The announcement came a few hours ago by way of the SOE news and announcement board. Community Relations, Dexella, outlined that SOE will now become an independent game development studio with plans to now expand into Playstation, Xbox and mobile titles. SOE might not ring a bell as much as some of their titles do. They were responsible for the very popular EverQuest series, Planetside 2 and the more recent H1Z1.
With a new financial backer in their pocket comes a new name as well. SOE will now migrate over to Daybreak Game Company. So when you see that name start to pop up all over the place you will know where its roots are from. For gamer’s, nothing will apparently be changing. All current titles from SOE will continue on their current paths of development and operation. They also say they will have more resources available than ever before.
As for Columbus Nova, well, apparently it was formed in 2000 and is centered in New York. Their website is fairly lacking in any details other than the fact that they are a multi-strategy investment firm managing over $15 billion in assets through its own funds and affiliated portfolio companies. Even the Wikipedia page fails to shed any light on them. Digging around a bit I found that CN picked up Harmonix from Viacom back in 2010. Harmonix might be better remembered from Guitar Hero and Rock Band.