Columbus Nova Acquires Sony Online Entertainment

UPDATE: Linda "Brasse" Carlson confirmed there will be no convention this year. "For those asking about SOE Live: we are taking a hiatus from our annual Live event to shift our focus to our exciting transition and the future of Daybreak Game Company."

This morning, Sony Online Entertainment announced that it was acquired by a company called Columbus Nova and will be rebranded as "Daybreak Game Company." SOE will operate as an independant studio and will even branch out into the Xbox platform.

PlanetSide 2 PS4 Closed Beta Hits January 20

After much development, PlanetSide 2 is ready to enter closed beta on the PlayStation 4. SOE plans to begin the beta will a few thousand invites and gradually ramp up the number of testers throughout the closed beta period.

Film Friday: Thirteen New Trailers (Part Two)

Thirteen New Videos: Part Two

We're back for the second installment of this week's Film Friday! Featured in part two are videos from PlanetSide 2, Evolve, Battlefield 4, Rollers of the Realm and more!

Sony Online Entertainment: Halloween Events Abound

We've already heard about the Halloween event kickoffs for both the EverQuest and EverQuest II Nights of the Dead, but what's haunting SOE's other four games?

SOE Releases New PlanetSide 2 & DCUO Updates

Sony Online Entertainment is having a content-packed week with the latest two releases of DC Universe Online's DLC, Halls of Power Part One, and PlanetSide 2's new prestige achievement-styled system, Directives.

PlanetSide 2: The Battle For Hossin

Last week, Sony Online Entertainment released its newest PlanetSide 2 map: Hossin. A massive, swampy continent enables the ongoing war between the New Conglomerate, Terran Republic and Vanu Sovereignty to wage on. New features such as Continent Locking, Outfit Recruiting and more enhance the battle in Auraxis.

We joined Creative Director Matt Higby and Lead Designer Luke Sigmund earlier today for a detailed look at Hossin!

E3 2014: Trailer Mash-Up #2

E3 is just around the corner and we have another collection of trailers to share! Games include: Battlefield: Hardline, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, PlanetSide 2 (PS4 Edition), two Sony PlayStation hype/app trailers, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. A teaser pic for Mirror's Edge 2 went up on its Facebook page earlier today, and you can find that below as well!

One Subscription to Rule Them All: SOE All Access

SOE All Access (the artist formerly known as Station Access) has been re-re-released, this time as the company standard. Abolishing separate subscription models, All Access offers membership to most of Sony Online Entertainment's titles. Like before, current subscribers can enjoy full membership benefits on EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online (PC) and PlanetSide 2 (PC), while Landmark, H1Z1 and Dragon's Prophet are slated as "coming soon" to the fold.

All Access team lead, Mark Tuttle, recently posted reasons why he thinks "All Access is Awesome" over on the official forums. Short version:

  • Subscription is $14.99/mo (less with multi-month plans), same as a single game cost before
  • 500SC/month is now redeemed on welcome screens (or in the SC store for EQ)
  • 10% off Marketplace purchases; members may receive special promos so opt-in to emails

Now through May 11th you can upgrade to a reduced one-year subscription: the first year is $99 (charged instantly with one year time added right away), then the next time you renew, the one-year rate returns to its normal $119.88. Check out the full All Access FAQ for detailed information.

World Domination Series Preseason 2 Challenges

PlanetSide 2's World Domination Series Preseason 2 Challenges are underway, running through February 28, 2014.

Returning with all guns blazing, PlanetSide 2 and Sony Online Entertainment are happy to announce the launch of the World Domination Series (WDS) Preseason 2 Challenge Event. WDS Preseason 2 is now open for battle for its first week of Empire-on-Empire ranked combat. Each Empire will vie against each other through massive warfare and worldwide challenges, where the best of the best will receive bonuses, certs and most of all -- WORLD DOMINATION bragging rights for their Empire.

PlanetSide 2 Takes a Look Back at 2013

Boasting more than 6 million players worldwide, PlanetSide 2 proved to be epic in 2013. Sony Online Entertainment is showcasing just how massive the last year was through an all-new video produced by Robert Stoneman, a Cinematic Designer for the film and video games industry.

As you'll see, the video showcases the intensity of the battles and sense of camaraderie among soldiers during the Auraxian War.