Sony Purchase Bungie in Shock $3.6 Billion Deal. Just some weeks ago, Microsoft announced its intent to purchase Activision blizzard, Sony has now recently announced that they would be acquiring Bungie, the studio that created Destiny and Destiny 2.
This deal has become quite interesting for some reasons, but the major point is that it seems that Bungie would still get a much higher degree of independence than a lot of acquired studios to have.
Destiny 2 fans that are having a taste of the game on their Xbox console should have nothing to worry about, as it seems that the game would not be leaving anytime soon.
Sony Purchase Bungie in Shock $3.6 Billion Deal
While Neither Bungie nor Sony has stated any details about the acquisition, GamesIndustry.biz stated that Sony would be paying around $3.6 billion for Bungie. Recently, the acquisition was announced in three different places, along with Bungie announcing the deal available right on its blog, and Sony announcing its messages right from Both PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan and the head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst.
According to Slashgear, Ryan stated that the Acquisition of this studio was a Strategic Step for PlayStation While Saying that Bungie would still retain its independence. “Bungie’s successful track record in multi-format publishing and live games services would assist us in realizing our ambitions and take PlayStation beyond the console and increase our potential audience,” Ryan said.
“They would still stay independent and multi-Platform, will get to enjoy creative freedom, and their track record in building massively successful franchises in the Sci-fi shooter genre would be highly complementary to SIE’s very own IP portfolio.”
Bungie’s Statement on its Independence
In its very own blog post, Bungie reiterated that point concerning staying independent. “We would remain in charge of our destiny. We would still continue to independently publish and creatively build our games,” the studio stated. “We will still continue to drive one, unified Bungie community. Our game will continue to be where our community is, wherever they choose to play the game.”
This actually doesn’t mean that Sony and Bungie would be acting entirely as two different entities after the acquisition has been completed. Bungie stated that in the immediate future, having Sony write the checks means that it gets to hire more people, so what this means for them is that Destiny 2 would be supported a lot better in the future. It also opens the possibility of Bungie working on new games as they proceed to build our Destiny 2.
At the moment, we are aware that Destiny 2 would continue to be a multi-platform, so that’s probably a relief for everyone that is playing it on non-PlayStation platforms. Quite frankly, it would be interesting to see how Bungie would be retaining its independence plays into future releases that come from the studio because at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot that is changing at Bungie HQ.