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Daybreak CEO

Sony Online Entertainment founder steps down

John Smedley co-founded EverQuest developer Verant Interactive, which morphed into Sony Online Entertainment following EverQuest's huge success. He even hung on after Sony sold SOE earlier this year, turning it into Daybreak Game Company an...

 
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Daybreak Layoffs

Layoffs hit former Sony studio barely a week after sale

Last Monday, venerable MMO studio Sony Online Entertainment was sold to Columbus Nova investment firm as part of Sony's on going restructuring. Not even two weeks later, an unknown number of employees have reportedly been laid off, includin...

 
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Sony Online Entertainment

SOE sold by Sony, sees a new dawn as Daybreak Game Company

Sony Online Entertainment -- developer of popular MMOs such as PlanetSide 2, Everquest, and H1Z1 -- is no longer a part of Sony's stable of studios. After 20 years, SOE has been offloaded. Sony recently sold its subsidiary off to New Y...

 
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H1Z1 kerfuffle

Sony Online offered H1Z1 refunds after pay-to-win complaints

H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment's bizarrely-named version of DayZ, was the center of a kerfuffle over the weekend that didn't even have to do with the game not working at its Early Access launch. Rather, the community leveled "pay to w...

 
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H1Z1

H1Z1 community feels that the game is pay-to-win despite being told it wouldn't be

H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment's zombie apocalypse survival simulator, has recently come under fire from its own community. On the day of its Early Access launch, many who had eagerly tracked the game's development for months suddenly felt...

 
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Zombie

H1Z1 is Steam's top seller despite also not working right now

H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment's bizarrely-named version of DayZ, is out on Steam today in Early Access. Not just out; it's atop the "top sellers" list on the Steam store, above freshly discounted, free-to-play-for-the-weekend Saint's Row ...

 
H1Z1 preview
I stopped tallying at ten counts of the word "iteration" in the early goings of the SOE Live 2014 presentation for SOE's upcoming (PC, PS4) survival zombie sim H1Z1. Okay. I get it. That's why the game wasn't so hot when it w...   read

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EverQuest II

EverQuest II's 11th expansion, Altar of Malice, brings new playable race

EverQuest II is approaching its 10th anniversary. It originally released in 2004, the same year that Kanye West's genius debut College Dropout dropped. Altar of Malice brings with it a new playable race, the Areakyn. They offer some extra a...

 
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EverQuest

EverQuest's 21st expansion is The Darkened Sea

EverQuest has been going strong since 1999. That's when the Slim Shady LP and "Thong Song" released. Or, much better, Black on Both Sides. It will be getting its 21st expansion, The Darkened Sea, on October 28 for All-Access Members (SOE's ...

 
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SOE Live

You'll be playing PlanetSide 2 on PS4 before the end of 2014

The wait for PlanetSide 2 on PS4, since delayed from early 2014, will end late 2014. Details from SOE Live 2014 remain similar to what we learned last SOE Live. PlanetSide 2 on PS4 is equivalent to the PC version on Ultra settings. It will...

 
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[Update: Contest over! Winners are Gargantor and Devoured!] Our friends at SOE have given us two premium passes to SOE Live in Las Vegas to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! SOE Live is a celebration of SOE games and the gamers who...   read

Landmark Beta Keys
[Update: Codes all gone!] Our friends at Sony Online Entertainment have given us 10,000 codes for the Landmark closed beta to share with the Dtoid community! Landmark is a free-to-play, next-generation online sandbox game whe...   read

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PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 just got a whole lot bigger and swampier

The scale of PlanetSide 2 was already pretty impressive. Three massive and unique continents ensured that thousands of players were vying for control of territories all over the place. Now, there's a new continent in the mix. Sony Onli...

 
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PS Plus won't be required to play PlanetSide 2 on PS4

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play first-person shooter. And it'll remain a totally free-to-play shooter once it arrives on the PlayStation 4 as the game won't require PlayStation Plus to play online. We'll be getting hands-on with PS2 on PS4 ...

 
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#PS2onPS4

Sony would like to remind you PlanetSide 2 is still coming to PS4

#PS2onPS4 is a confusing hashtag. PlanetSide 2 is no longer coming to PS4 this month, but it'll still show up sometime this year. And if you can get some friends to play, it's pretty good fun, what with the large scale battles unfolding in...

 
H1Z1 preview
As I was given an introductory overview of H1Z1 before some hands-on time, the development team emphasized how quickly the game was evolving. As it was the latest hardcore zombie survival MMO with open/transparent develo...   read

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See all the cool things users have made in Everquest Next Landmark

Sony Online Entertainment has shared a video highlighting some of the cool things users have made in Everquest Next Landmark. On top of cool looking structures, users have been bending the rules by creating micro-voxels and anti-voxels to ...

 
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MMOs

Sony Online rolls out new $14.99 all-access subscription plan

Sony Online Entertainment is launching a new membership plan today that will give subscribers access to its games -- all of the major ones, essentially -- for $14.99 per month. That's EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online PC, PlanetSi...

 
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H1Z1

SOE talks early monetization plans for its zombie survival MMO H1Z1

Following its big gameplay reveal of H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment has detailed what the developers have come up with so far for the PS4 and PC open-world zombie survival game's monetization strategy. SOE president John Smedley gave a bre...

 
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Let's watch 50 minutes of H1Z1, AKA Sony's version of DayZ

Sony Online Entertainment is making an open world zombie survival game called H1Z1. Yeah, it's blatantly going for the whole DayZ approach. You can't really blame them though. It's a genre people are really craving for, as evidence by how ...

 
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H1Z1, a zombie MMO from SOE, is coming soon

Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley said on Twitter that a new post-apocalyptic MMO called H1Z1 will be coming "soon." A new episode of the Game Talk Live podcast, set to show at 8 p.m. Eastern will reveal some early gameplay footag...

 
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Sony Online

SOE considering one subscription for all PC games

Writing to PlanetSide 2 players about future plans for subscriptions, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley teased the possibility of one sub that would span all of the company's games on PC. "We are considering (and are likely g...

 
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EverQuest

January release likely for EverQuest Next Landmark alpha

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has pinned the EverQuest Next Landmark alpha as happening next month. "It's looking like [the alpha] is going to start sometime in the last half of January," he tweeted. That's naturally subj...

 
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EverQuest Next

SOE explains what EverQuest Next Landmark actually is

SOE just released a quick video that answers the question, "what is EverQuest Next Landmark?" Well, it's a game of exploration, monsters to fight, and building just about anything you want. The video shows off building a house and a tower,...

 
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EverQuest Next classes

Here are the four known classes from EverQuest Next

The Christmas issue of PC Gamer UK dives into some details on the upcoming EverQuest Next. One of those details is a list of known classes, which includes Cleric, Necromancer, Beast Lord, and Tempest. Here are the descriptions as provided b...

 
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EverQuest Next Landmark

Watch an hour of EverQuest Next Landmark

Some of the developers from Sony Online Entertainment sat down and livestreamed about EverQuest Next for almost an hour. If you have any interest in this game, this is a great place to learn a lot. They dive into details, like how it ...

 
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PlanetSide 2

Here's why PlanetSide 2 can't do cross-platform play

While the PlayStation 4 version of PlanetSide 2 will be visually similar to its currently-available PC counterpart, the way post-release updates are going to roll out on the platform means the player base will be divided. Creative director ...

 
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Everquest Next, Arkham Multiplayer & Xbox GPU Upgrade

Hey everybody! I'm wearing a really stupid shirt, it must be Friday! Suddenly, there are two new Everquest Next games on the horizon, and they look really cool. Quakecon is happening right now, and there's some Bethesda news out of that, i...

 
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Matt Higby doesn't know what the future of his game may hold, and he's frankly OK with that. We prodded him with questions about Player Studio, the new marketplace we've blogged about before where gamers can upload...   read

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SOE Live: Here's what EverQuest Next sounds like

During last night's SOE Live keynote, president John Smedley gave the gossip-starved EverQuest fans one dangling carrot: an early taste of the game's musical score and some face time with legendary musical composer Jeremy Soule. Mr. Soule ...

 

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