Night Owl Games signs an agreement with Sony over rights of the Facebook game.

From the press release:

    Night Owl GamesTM has picked up the worldwide publishing rights for Dungeon OverlordTM from Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE). Dungeon Overlord is a unique Facebook game that is designed to appeal to hardcore gamers from other platforms and gamers that are looking for a deeper and more complex experience in a Facebook title.

    Since the beta launch in January 2011, the immersive 3D graphics and strategic gameplay of Dungeon Overlord has attracted thousands of hardcore players to Facebook gaming for the first time.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Night Owl Games will take on the sales, marketing, and operations of Dungeon Overlord in addition to the company’s ongoing development of the title.

    “Sony Online Entertainment has been a great partner for us throughout our development and the Beta of Dungeon Overlord,” Chris Mayer, CEO, Night Owl Games, said. “Our overwhelming success with the Beta has enabled us to lead the way as the premier developer and publisher of Facebook games designed to appeal to the hardcore gamer.”

    “Dungeon Overlord seamlessly blends real-time strategy with a competitive fantasy environment to create an immersive, entertaining gameplay experience,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “We are committed to providing players with the best interactive online games and as we move back towards our MMO roots, we’re proud to pass this unique strategy game on to the talented group of developers at Night Owl Games to further extend the experience for players in new and exciting ways.”

    Night Owl Games will take Dungeon Overlord out of beta and officially launch in summer 2011.