Tag: Sony Online Entertainment
Reaction Why Sony Online Entertainment's Sale Makes Sense for Everyone
Sony Online Entertainment is no more. As part of a shock announcement yesterday, the MMO developer confirmed that it had been acquired by a New York investment group named Columbus Nova, and would be rebranding itself as the Adrian Chiles-inspired Daybreak Game Company. This obviously came a
News Sony Online Entertainment Drops PlayStation Exclusivity as Part of Acquisition
Now named Daybreak Game Company
Who wants a bombshell to shake them out of their Monday slumber? Sony Online Entertainment, the company behind EverQuest, has announced that it has been acquired by a New York-based investment company named Columbus Nova, meaning that the internally founded outfit will be going multiplatform in the future. The...
News Will Free-to-Play PS4 Shooter PlanetSide 2 Be Able to Pull You Away from Destiny?
It's been a long, long wait, but PlanetSide 2 is finally in beta on the PlayStation 4. Sony Online Entertainment encouraged eager fans to sign up to its pre-release test earlier in the month, and it's been inviting lucky gamers in waves. Consequentially, we're now privy to oodles of gameplay videos from the free-to-play foray, and we've...
News Make Your Own War Stories in Free PS4 Shooter PlanetSide 2's Beta from 20th January
Out of this world
It's been a long time coming, but PlanetSide 2's closed beta will finally deploy on the PlayStation 4 later this month. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, the first wave of lucky testers will be invited to access the title from 20th January, with new recruits set to be slowly ushered in thereafter. To join your buddies on...
News PlanetSide 2's PS4 Beta Will Crash Land Next Month
Side by side
Originally due out before the end of 2014, Sony Online Entertainment chief John Smedley has attached an early January launch date to the hotly anticipated PlanetSide 2 beta on the PlayStation 4. Writing on Twitter, he told an eager fan: "We tried hard [to hit the aforementioned date]. As it happens, there are only a few weeks to go –...
News Free PS4 Shooter Planetside 2 Sets Its Sights on a 2014 Beta
Aiming for 1080p and 60fps
If you thought that 2014 couldn't possibly fit another PlayStation 4 beta, MMO shooter Planetside 2 is here to prove you wrong. Speaking with Eurogamer.net, the game's creative director Matt Higby confirmed that a test will be hitting the super system by the end of the year. As for the title itself, Higby said his team is...
News Sony Executive's Flight Rerouted Following Alleged Bomb Threat
This isn’t a story that we expected to be writing on what should be a slow Sunday, but there are reports that Sony Online Entertainment chief John Smedley’s flight has been rerouted following bomb threats by the same group claiming responsibility for today’s PlaySt
E3 2014 How Long Will You Survive in PS4's Free Post-Apocalyptic MMO H1Z1?
Day Z in the Big Brother house
Sony’s big E3 press conference may not have started yet, but that’s not stopped subsidiary SOE from releasing a brand new trailer for forthcoming post-apocalyptic free-to-play MMO H1Z1. The pre-alpha footage features a dead eyed survivor, who must use his wits and weapons to crush the skulls of walking corpses...
News Free Shooter PlanetSide 2 Will Look the Business on PS4
More off-screen images arrive
Was one off-screen image not enough to quench your raging thirst for PlanetSide 2 on the PlayStation 4? Worry not, then, as executive producer Clint Worley has posted a second shot of the vibrant first-person shooter, this time better demonstrating the upcoming free-to-play MMO's sharp sense of style. It’s already...
News Free PS4 FPS PlanetSide 2 Is Sure Looking Swish on Sony's Super System
Out of this world
We’re in that weird spot before E3 where developers are eager to tease their upcoming products, but don’t want to say or show too much. Take this tweet from PlanetSide 2 executive producer Clint Worley, which includes the first ever off-screen image of Sony Online Entertainment’s free-to-play first-person shooter running on...
News PS4's PlanetSide 2 Port Will Be Playable at E3 Next Month
Progress is being made
Watch Dogs and DriveClub weren’t the only games pushed out of the PlayStation 4’s launch window, as Sony Online Entertainment previously promised that PC shooter PlanetSide 2 would deploy in time for the next-gen device’s release. That never panned out, but speaking as part of a
News How Long Will You Survive in PS4's Free Zombie MMO H1Z1?
The undead may be about as common as a misleading Daily Mail headline these days, but Sony Online Entertainment’s impending free-to-play PlayStation 4 escapade H1Z1 is aiming to do something a little different with its post-apocalyptic setting. Evidently inspired by the likes of Day-Z, the MMO will find you fighting off rotten foes and...
News This Is What Post-Apocalyptic PS4 Zombie MMO H1Z1 Looks Like
With a Steam Early Access release on the horizon, you’ll be able to sample Sony Online Entertainment’s upcoming zombie adventure H1Z1 pretty soon. However, if you’re not a PC player, you may have to wait a little while to try the title on your PlayStation 4. The developer has more or less confirmed that the game is coming to the...
News Sony's Free Undead MMO H1Z1 Almost Certainly Lurching onto PS4
How will you survive the apocalypse?
Sony Online Entertainment is an odd component of the platform holder’s first-party portfolio. While the MMO maker is a direct subsidiary of Kaz Hirai’s entertainment and electronics empire, it isn’t a typical portion of SCE’s Worldwide Studios. As such, the division focuses on PC first and foremost, but...
News EverQuest Next Could Be PS4's Most Ambitious Game
Finally confirmed for Sony's console
The last time Sony Online Entertainment mentioned a console port of ambitious series reboot EverQuest Next, the developer suggested that it was focused on creating a “kickass” game for computers first – but that stance has since changed. Speaking as part of a Reddit question and answer session overnight,...
News What's Next for PlanetSide 2? A System Called PlayStation 4
SOE’s free-to-play first-person shooter PlanetSide 2 enjoyed a colossal 2013, with an extraordinary 94 million hours logged. However, it’s only set to get bigger over the coming 12 months. In addition to the implementation of an entire new continent, the massively multiplayer excursion is set to scratch your MAG itch and expand to...
Review DC Universe Online (PlayStation 4)
Dressing up in tight rubberised clothing and heading out onto the city streets to clobber “criminals” is frowned upon in decent society, and, we suppose when you consider what the tabloids would have to say about it, that’s probably for the best. There’s no need to worry, though, PlayStation 4 owners (and secret spandex...
News DC Universe Online Getting a Heroic Update Ahead of the PS4 Launch
Superman has been working hard behind the scenes
In the run up to the PlayStation 4's release next month, DC Universe Online is scheduled to receive an almighty update which is said to improve the game for all players on all platforms, including fans of the PS3 version of the free-to-play title. Dubbed Game Update 31, it's the "biggest technical...
News DC Universe Online's Team May Be More Excited for PS4 Than You
Sony Online Entertainment can't wait for new system
The studio behind DC Universe Online can’t wait for the PlayStation 4 to arrive – because it means that it’s finally going to have some more memory to play with. The superhero MMO proved incredibly popular on the PlayStation 3, and that’s forced Sony Online Entertainment to squeeze every...
News SOE Not Thinking About PS4 Version of EverQuest Next Just Yet
Online giant focusing on the PC first
If you’re the type of person to plug your ears whenever the words ‘free-to-play’ and ‘massively multiplayer online’ are mentioned, you may want to clear your hearing for just a moment. Sony Online Entertainment announced EverQuest Next – and its ambitious Minecraft-esque extension, EverQuest Next...
E3 2013 PlanetSide 2 Will Look the Part on PlayStation 4
MMO will support Remote Play on Vita
Not only will Sony Online Entertainment’s free-to-play first-person shooter PlanetSide 2 look stunning on the PlayStation 4, but you’ll also be able to play it anywhere in your house courtesy of the next generation console’s Remote Play compatibility with the PlayStation Vita. As part of a brief report on...
News Sony Online Entertainment Deploys PlanetSide 2 on PS4 This Year
DC Universe Online also joining the party
We’re just days away from E3 at the time of typing, and the PlayStation 4 announcements are really starting to pick up the pace as a result. Hot on the heels of Basement Crawl and Warframe, Sony Online Entertainment has added two more titles to the system’s catalogue: PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online...
News Can the PlayStation 4 Handle SOE's PlanetSide 2?
Company president hints that it can
PlanetSide 2 is a taxing free-to-play first-person shooter for the PC that requires a fairly robust machine to run. Despite the Sony Online Entertainment developed title being rumoured for the PlayStation 4 for a while, many have questioned whether the MMO will actually work on the next generation machine...
News Plants Vs Zombies Blossoms Onto PlayStation Vita In Time For Launch
A PlayStation Vita version of popular tower defense title, Plants Vs Zombies, is being prepared in time for the system's launch
The game was announced on the official PlayStation Twitter page: "Surprise! Plants vs Zombies is coming to PS Vita." An early preview of the game posted on IGN revealed that the PlayStation Vita version of the...
News DC Universe Online Revenue Up 700% Post Free-To-Play Conversion
Seems like this free-to-play lark really does work
After switching DC Universe Online to a free-to-play model, developer Sony Online Entertainment has revealed that revenue is up a whopping 700 percent. John Smedley confirmed the numbers on Twitter, adding that 53 percent of revenue is coming from the PlayStation 3 game. That's 6 percent more than...
News Sony Online Entertainment Confirms The Flash For Future DC Universe Online DLC
Sony Online Entertainment's announced that the second batch of DC Universe Online DLC will focus on the speedy superhero The Flash
Entitled Lightning Strikes, the DLC will add electricity powers and a new adventure featuring the crimson crime-fighter when it launches later in the year. The DLC will be available for free for Legendary Players. Those...
News DC Universe Online Scoops Up 1 Million New Players Since Going Free-To-Play
Since switching to a free-to-play model, Sony Online Entertainment's announced that DC Universe Online has scooped up a million new players
One million new players have joined DCUO with a 50/50 split between PC and PS3, executive director Lorin Jameson said in a statement. DC Universe Onlines transition to free-to-play has been welcomed by...
News PayDay: The Heist Finally Unlocks The European PSN On November 2nd
After some unfortunate delays, Sony Online Entertainment has at last attached a date to the European release of PayDay: The Heist. The first-person co-operative rob 'em up is due out next week on the PlayStation Store. That's November 2nd if you want an exact date to mark on your calendar. SOE apologised for the delay and concluded that it...
News DC Universe Online Goes 'Free-To-Play' On November 1st
Sony Online Entertainment's slapped a big November 1st date on DC Universe Online's transition to free-to-play
Those curious about the game will be able to experience it for free from said date. Anyone that spends more than $5 on content (or has done previously) will see their account upgraded to include an extra set of perks. Those hooked on the...
News Sony Provides European Payday: The Heist Update
Remember Payday: The Heist? What once seemed like something of a banner PlayStation Network exclusive has been shoddily missing in action for the past two weeks in Europe
The game launched in North America without a hitch — well, a small one actually — but like so many other PSN titles, it's missing in Europe. It's actually been common for the...
News Free Realms Scores 20 Million Registered Users Milestone
Crack-like Sony Online Entertainment social MMO Free Realms has hit 20 million registered users, the publisher has announced
The game launched on PC back in 2009, and recently hit the PlayStation 3 in both the US and Europe. To celebrate, anybody that logs in between October 21st and October 31st will receive a free in-game jacket to commemorate the...
Feature Free Realms on PlayStation 3 Hands-On Impressions
Sony Online Entertainment's free-to-play PS3 MMO, Free Realms, is a little bit like a drug addition
We know it's rubbish and bad for us, but for some reason we can't help getting pulled back in. There's a relaxing tone to the casual MMO that causes hours to fly by, even when you're doing very little of anything at all. Available on the PC for some...
News Security Alert: Payday The Heist Launches Next Week On PlayStation Network
Following a short delay, Sony Online Entertainment and Overkill Software's confirmed that it's bringing the heat on October 18th with the hotly anticipated launch of Payday: The Heist
The co-operative robbery title features six unique campaigns, with the Slaughter House scenario the subject of the trailer embedded after the jump. We can't wait.
News Security Can Take A Breather: Payday Gets Pushed Back Until 'Late October'
Excellent looking PlayStation Network exclusive co-op shooter, Payday: The Heist, has been pushed back until "late October", developer Overkill Software has announced
The game was originally due any day now, with those participating in Sony's PSN Play offer getting the title for free. Worry not though, the promotion still applies. You'll just have...
News We Really Like The Way Payday: The Heist Looks
Payday: The Heist's visual style has been growing on us
At first we thought, "Urgh clown masks, that's a bit cliche." But now we love it. The game — which is a cross between Left 4 Dead and every bank heist movie ever — is due out on the PSN this month. Sony's been putting a lot of weight behind the game, so it obviously has high...
News Sideway: New York Looks Like A Pretty Great Idea
The PlayStation Blog's got a massive feature on upcoming PSN title Sideway: New York
The Playbrains developed puzzle platformer sees its main character, Nox, painted onto walls as graffiti — so you must navigate across three-dimensional backdrops as a two-dimensional character. It's a cool set-up, and looks to provide plenty of scope for some...
News Free Realms Launches On European PlayStation Store
Free Realms has finally launched on the European PlayStation Store
The free-to-play, casual MMO originally released on the PC in 2009, and followed on the American PlayStation Store earlier in the year. Now European players can join in on the party. SOE has set the standard for MMOs on the console with two incredibly successful, innovative and...
News DC Universe Online Goes Free-To-Play From Next Month
Tired of being tied to frustrating subscription fees
No more, superhero, as Sony Online Entertainment's "powing" DC Universe Online's monthly fee in favour of a free-to-play business model. Beginning late October, players will be able to download a free copy of DC Universe Online for the PlayStation 3. The current subscription model will...
News First DC Universe Online Expansion To Be Free, Out Next Week
DC Universe Online's first major content expansion, the Fight For The Light, will be available for free from September 6th Sony Online Entertainment has announced
The pack was announced way back in July, and was originally going to be a premium expansion, but it's gone free as a "way to thank loyal players". The pack includes an entirely...
News DC Universe Online Switches To MegaServers From Tomorrow
Sony Online Entertainment will merge DC Universe Online's servers into "MegaServers" from tomorrow, the company has announced
This will combine the MMOs current 26 server roster into just four, hopefully making the game feel much more populated and opening up some nifty features. Players will be able to easily switch between PvP and PvE gameplay...
E3 2011 Sony Online Entertainment Announces PAYDAY: The Heist For PlayStation Network
The world probably doesn't need another first-person shooter
It does need a good heist game, however, and that's exactly what Sony Online Entertainment and OVERKILL Software's PAYDAY: The Heist is aiming to be. "Hollywood heist movies are, quite simply put, awesome," former GRIN gaffer Bo Andersson explained on the PlayStation Blog...
News DC Universe Online Players: Sony Online Entertainment's Got Your Back
Are you a seething DC Universe Online fan currently considering taking out a $1 billion lawsuit against Sony? Rest easy comrade, Sony Online Entertainment's detailed a Make Good plan that's sure to allay your frustrations when DC Universe Online gets its ass back online at some point this month
All players will be compensated with a 30-day extension...
News Sony: Yo, Only 900 Of Those Stolen Credit Cards Are Still Active
Just when the dust was starting to settle after Kaz Hirai's public apology for the PSN data breach, news of actual credit card theft reverberated out of Sony Online Entertainment over night
The division admitted to finding evidence of 12,700 stolen credit cards from a circa-2007 database. Sony has tried to play-down concerns, noting in a statement...
News Please Make It Stop: Sony Online Entertainment Confirms Theft Of 12,700 Old Credit Cards
Just when you thought it was going to be blue skies and golden sunshine going forward, Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that it has lost roughly 12,700 credit cards to the original PlayStation Network breach that struck SCE mid-last month
SOE stresses that this was not a second attack, and is a repercussion of the original PSN attack...
News Ruh-Roh: Sony Online Entertainment Suspends Services [UPDATED]
Just when you thought things were getting back to normal after Sony Computer Entertainment's public apology yesterday morning, Sony Online Entertainment -- the division responsible for Free Realms and DC Universe Online -- has pulled its services offline, including its websites and Facebook titles
The company said: "We have had to take the SOE...
News Sony Online Entertainment Working On A 'Make Good' Plan For DC Universe Online & Free Realms Players
Sony Online Entertainment has released a statement noting that its servers are separate to those used by SCE for the PSN, reassuring players that no additional data theft has occurred via the DC Universe Online developer's network
We wanted to update you on the status of our examination of the SOE system intrusion we announced last week,said...
News Sony Online Entertainment's Gunning For 100 Million Free Realms Players Milestone
Sony Online Entertainment wants Free Realms' player-base to reach 100 million users
SOE gaffer John Smedley envisioned that the free-to-play MMO — available on PC and PS3 — could hit enormous numbers within the next five to six years. He said, "I don't see any reason why [Free Realms] can't go to 100 million , because there are so many kids...
News Sony Online Entertainment: NGP 'A Perfect Machine' For MMOs
Sony Online Entertainment's gaffer John Smedley reckons that the NGP is the "perfect machine" for MMOs
The executive made the comment while answering GamesIndustry.biz on the subject of free-to-play MMOs on consoles. Having just launched Free Realms in North America, Smedley was naturally supremely positive about the prospects of the genre on both...
News Sony Online Entertainment Confirms The Agency Cancellation, Lay-Offs
Following a flurry of rumours earlier in the week, Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that it has cancelled its PlayStation 3 spy MMO, The Agency, laying off over 200 staff in the process
"As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and...
Rumour Sony Online Entertainment Hit With Crippling Cuts
There's some bad news funneling out of Sony Online Entertainment right now
According to reports on Kotaku, the developer has shut down its Seattle, Tuscon and Denver studios, laying off around a third of its entire workforce. But that's not all. Apparently SOE's Austin and San Diego studios have also been hit hard, with around half the staff from...