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Palia Dev Singularity 6 Acquired By MMO Veteran Studio Daybreak Games

The latest acquisition news is significantly huge for Palia developer Singularity 6, even bigger than Kaiju Frogbert's recent appearance in-game!
Palia Dev Singularity 6 Acquired By MMO Veteran Studio Daybreak Games
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Developer and publisher Daybreak Games has officially announced it has acquired indie studio Singularity 6, the developer behind the cozy MMO Palia. Two official statements from both studios this week confirmed that Singularity 6's acquisition is "a wholly owned subsidiary."

Singularity 6 has had a challenging year following rounds of layoffs despite the successful launches of Palia on multiple platforms, including Nintendo Switch and on PC via Epic Games Store and Steam. Daybreak Games is currently providing support and developing content and updates for a few notable MMO games, including Everquest, The Lord of the Rings Online, and H1Z1.

The latest acquisition sees Singularity 6 gaining "invaluable support" from Daybreak Games, who has "extensive industry experience and pedigree" within the MMO genre. According to a statement from Daybreak Games CEO Ji Ham, who is thrilled to welcome the developer to Daybreak Games, "S6 is an excellent addition to our development studios, renowned for their success in creating large-scale online games and content."

"We eagerly anticipate collaborating with the S6 team to make Palia the best online experience possible across all major gaming platforms and to help continue expand their community of players for years to come." In an official statement from Singularity 6, the studio "will continue operating independently under the leadership of co-Founders Anthony Leung and Aidan Karabaich" in light of the acquisition as they "continue developing experiences that forge alternate worlds that deepen players' lives."

The response from the Palia community has been mixed, with many players opting to approach the news with great caution. Some of the comments on the Palia subreddit pointed out Daybreak Games' approach in supporting games, including H1Z1; however, a few have singled out The Lord of the Rings Online's monetization system as a standout example of their support in sustaining the game post-launch.

The remaining months of 2024 will be an interesting period for Singularity 6 as the studio is looking to continue working and providing new content and support for Palia. With the roadmap outlining some of the content players can anticipate in the coming months, the endgame for the studio is to eventually bring Palia to more platforms as it gears up for its massive 1.0 launch.