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SOE’s Smedley launches new studio, Kickstarter for RPG Hero’s Song

The former boss of Sony Online Entertainment has announced the formation of a new studio and launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for an RPG. The studio, which is based in California, is called Pixelmage Games. Its first title, should it be funded, is pixel art RPG Hero’s Song. It’s looking …

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Smedley steps down as Daybreak Games president

The company formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment is getting a new boss. VentureBeat reports that John Smedley is leaving his position at the H1Z1 and Everquest developer, with current COO Russell Shanks to take on the role. It appears that he intends to stay with the company. I can …

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H1Z1 passes 1m Steam Early Access sales

Online zombie title H1Z1 has now sold over 1m copies on Steam, developer Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) has said. The game was released via Steam Early Access in January. It costs 14.99 to download, although it will be a free-to-play title once it launches proper later this …

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Layoffs hit Daybreak Game Company (formerly known as SOE)

Rebranded developer Daybreak Game Company has cjob losses at its San Diego and Austin studios. It was announced last week that Daybreak was the new name for Sony Online Entertainment, following its acquisition by Columbus Nova. To better position our newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and to deliver …

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H1Z1 refunds offered following ‘pay-to-win’ accusations and stumbling servers

It’s not been a smooth ride for Sony Online Entertainment’s online zombie title H1Z1. The game arrived on Steam Early Access for 14.99 last week but has been beset by server problems, including the inability to login and difficulty locating active servers. Once in the game issues such as no …

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Planetside 2 PS4 beta misses 2014 target window, now scheduled for this month

Sony Online Entertainment has announced the Planetside 2 beta is now expected out by the middle of this month on PlayStation 4, confirming the early release will miss its previously scheduled 2014 target window. GameSpot reports on the delay and newly-specified release target of mid-January 2015 for Planetside 2’s PS4 …

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H1Z1 heading to Steam Early Access in January

Sony Online Entertainment’s upcoming free-to-play zombie survival game H1Z1 will launch as a Steam Early Access title next month. In a post on Reddit, SOE president John Smedley confirmed the game’s public pre-release will arrive January 15th for Windows. He also touched on expectations for the Early Access edition. "What …

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