Columbus Nova is expanding its footprint in the video game business.
The New York-based investment firm has purchased Sony Online Entertainment, which is responsible for massively multiplayer online games like "EverQuest," "PlanetSide" and "DC Universe Online" for an undisclosed amount.
The developer/publisher, which has been rebranded Daybreak, is now free to make titles for any console system now that it is no longer a Sony holding—and Daybreak President John Smedley,
This is Columbus Nova's second significant purchase in the gaming world. In 2010, the firm purchased "Rock Band" creator Harmonix from Viacom.
The acquisition of SOE/Daybreak will encompass all of the developer's existing and upcoming games, including the recently launched zombie survival game "H1Z1" and the still-in-development "EverQuest Next," an ambitious effort that has excited fans of online games.
"We see tremendous opportunities for growth with the expansion of the company's game portfolio through multiplatform offerings as well as an exciting portfolio of new quality games coming up," said Jason Epstein, senior partner of Columbus Nova, in a statement.
A spokesperson for the firm declined to make any additional statements. In a note to fans on Reddit, however, it assured them that despite the acquisition there would be no major shifts in strategy or direction for current or upcoming titles.
"So what exactly does this mean for you?" it said. "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 multiplatform world we are living in."