SOE you want to find a fun, massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), do you? Well, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) thinks it has you covered. Its signature EverQuest series, one of the most popular in the niche, has a base of hundreds of thousands of monthly subscribers teaming up virtually to play in the game's imaginary world. A subsidiary of Sony Corporation, SOE also produces titles such as PlanetSide, Free Realms, DC Universe Online, and Star Wars Galaxies, a multiplayer online game it developed with LucasArts. SOE develops games to be played on computers, wireless devices, and Sony game consoles, and boasts about 20 million subscribers in total.
The company acquired The Matrix Online from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and inked a deal to collaborate with that company on the development of DC Entertainment-themed MMOGs and console games. The first one, DC Universe Online, was released in 2011.
Conversely in 2011, some belt-tightening came when the company closed its production studios in Denver, Seattle, and Tucson, Arizona, dissolving more than 200 jobs. That resulted in the cancellation of some projects including the spy shooter game The Agency, while any remaining development efforts from those studios were moved to its main one in San Diego. The closures did not affect any of the company's games already in the marketplace. SOE continuing studios include one in Austin, Texas and in Taiwan. The main projects in the company's pipeline since those closures are new MMOGs for its PlanetSide and EverQuest franchises.
SOE began in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Corporation of America. In 2000, SOE bought and absorbed Verant Interactive to level up its multiplayer online gaming. In 2006 SOE became Sony Online Entertainment LLC. In early 2009 SOE purchased the assets of the PoxNora online collectible strategy game from Octopi LLC. – less