While we heard
about Sony Online Entertainment's
partnership with ProSiebenSat.1 Games Group to publish MMOs in Europe last month,
the specific details of this deal were lurking under a cloud cover of mystery and speculation -- until now. SOE has posted a quite lengthy FAQ
about this partnership and what it entails for the future of the studio in the Old World.
According to the deal, ProSiebenSat.1 has the license to officially publish eight of SOE's titles in 40 countries. These MMOs include DC Universe Online
, EverQuest II
, Free Realms
, PlanetSide 2
, and EverQuest Next
(although not, oddly enough, EverQuest
itself). SOE hopes that ProSiebenSat.1's location and expertise will result in
in a greater audience for its games as well as more support and better localization for those under ProSiebenSat.1's umbrella. SOE even hopes that the partnership will result in "special content" for European players.
Previously, SOE had distribution agreements for Europe but
nothing on the scale of what it now has with ProSiebenSat.1. It looks like EU players will need to transfer their accounts and characters over to ProSiebenSat.1's domain, although SOE promises that this will be an easy process. It's also important to note that these games and their servers will not interact with their North American counterparts, effectively separating the communities.