Sony sells Sony Online Entertainment and all its MMOs

first_imgIf you’re a fan of massively-multiplayer online games, then Sony Online Entertainment will be known to you. It’s the home of Planetside, Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, and a host of other online games. However, it’s no longer called Sony Online Entertainment and is no longer owned by Sony.New York investment management group Columbus Nova has acquired SOE from Sony along with all its properties and renamed it Daybreak Game Company. It will now operate as an independent company with all existing games continuing to function as normal. Everquest Next and Planetside 2 will also continue to be developed. However, no longer being controlled by Sony means all the games are open to more platforms, including Xbox and mobile hardware.With an investment company in control, you can guarantee they’ll push hard to get these revenue-generating games into as many gamer hands as possible. That means new platforms should be supported quickly, as well as new features to support play across multiple platforms. We may even see some previous games that were shutdown reconsidered, or at least revamped for a relaunch in the near future.Online gaming is certainly a growth market at the moment, and Columbus Nova has seen an easy way to hit the ground running. With both PS4 and Xbox One being available in China now, you wouldn’t bet against a push for all these games to make their way East, too.last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Now, we won’t know if the Cardinals are truly worse off for what they have lost until the 2017 season begins, but as of right now, it’s tough to believe they will be better. That’s why, in an Insider piece, ESPN’s John Clayton listed the Cardinals among five teams who have regressed after the first surge of free agency.Biggest losses: DE Calais Campbell, S Tony Jefferson, S D.J. Swearinger, CB Marcus Cooper, OT Earl WatfordThe Cardinals, who ranked second in overall total defense in 2016, might drop a level or two with their free-agent losses. They figure to lose as many as six decent defenders: Campbell, Cooper, Jefferson, Swearinger, pass-rusher Alex Okafor and potentially linebacker Kevin Minter. The signing of Karlos Dansby and Jarvis Jones likely signals Minter’s pending departure, and the Cardinals brought in 32-year-old Antoine Bethea on a cheap deal to provide cover at safety. Arizona has to hope that 2016 first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche can improve and take Campbell’s spot, and the team is still looking for a No. 2 cornerback. That spot might have to be filled with the No. 13 overall pick.The Cardinals, at least in part, prepared for Campbell’s departure with the selection of Nkemdiche last season, and are also hopeful third-year pro Rodney Gunter will take another step forward. The losses of Jefferson, Swearinger and Cooper, however, may be a bit trickier to overcome, however. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jefferson emerged last season after the team parted with veteran Rashad Johnson, and produced a career year in which he recorded 92 tackles, five passes defensed and two sacks. Swearinger also stepped up in his first full season in Arizona, bringing a physical style to the secondary and recording three interceptions and two sacks. Cooper, meanwhile, led the team with four interceptions as a starting cornerback.As Clayton noted, the Cardinals did make some moves of their own in an effort to mitigate what they have lost, and it’s possible the additions of Bethea, Dansby and Jones — as well as whatever the team gets in the draft — could be enough to offset the departures.But as of now, through just less than one week of free agency, it certainly seems as though the Cardinals — along with the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, according to Clayton —  have taken a hit. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians calls out from sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We all had a feeling the Arizona Cardinals would take some hits in free agency, given that they had so many key players set to hit the open market and not a particularly large amount of salary cap space with which to try and keep them.But even still, what happened to the team over the first week of the free agency period has been a shock to the Arizona system.For a deeper look into what exactly has transpired, click here, but suffice to say the Cardinals have lost a considerable amount of talent from a team that in 2016 went 7-8-1.last_img read more