I just saw the news my self and decided to poke my head up and do a quick little bit of thought on what it means.
Ask everyone that follows the news, its not a secret Sony as a whole is in deep water, it is my belief that they were previously able to carry on with a degree of impunity due to the fact the Japanese government was determined not to let any of its big names "fail" and were previously always a lender of last resort or an investment angel to the large firms that brought in exposure or presence.
That all changed in the last few months when the Japanese government pulled back from this strategy due to also investing heavily in international bailouts. Japan has already had its lost decade (Which Europe is currently coming towards the end of and America is in the middle of) and does not want another one.
I would expect a lot more Sony properties to be sold off (Motion pictures next is my best guess). While the Sony Brand will survive, it is going to be interesting to see where they double down and which areas they sell off or pull out of.
Investment holding is not such a bad thing for SOE as generally these type of companies go with a two pronged approach, one try to make the business profitable in its own right, or try to make it attractive to larger companies in the sector
The IPs that went with SOE are not without value either, EverQuest is still a big name in the online gaming world a Market that sees constant year on year growth (Which is attractive to investors)
I was worried over where SOE were going and if they were heading for implosion, but I actually think they will come out of this better, but there may well be some harsh truths for the people at the top over the next year or two. With a parent company that at some point will want to see progressive Returns on investment they will have to focus on a delivery of content that keeps them relevant enough to keep revenue streams up.
The good news for Daybreak as it is now known is that they have almost a second chance here at a first impression, expect lots of focus on "new strategies" and "Player focus" to come out as well as that "indie" title many love.
And thats good news for us all, SOE were long pioneers in the MMO industry, always bringing good ideas but occasionally with very flawed execution, they were the studio after all that gave the much loved games Ever Quest and Star Wars Galaxies their start in life (Ignoring opinionated controversy around NGEs and such, they still took risks). They will probably continue to take risks, and try new things and when these ideas stick expect the mega companies to jump on them too, which in turn means more innovation in a very stagnant genre that is rapidly showing it is in need of new business practises not just business models.