It’s been around three years since Activision and Bungie parted ways. From then on, the Destiny developer wanted to stand on its own two feet – until now. Because, as just became known, Sony Interactive Entertainment is buying Bungie for a mere $3.6 billion.
It’s not the first big purchase in the video game business: Microsoft recently announced that it would buy Activision-Blizzard. Not such a good sign for Elena:
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Bungie at Sony – but independently
Compared to Take Two’s billion-dollar takeover of Zynga and Microsoft’s purchase of Activision-Blizzard, Sony’s acquisition may seem a little small. And otherwise there are some differences: Bungie should after the finalized deal one
independent subsidiary of Sony Interactive
What does that mean? According to Sony, Bungie remains largely independent and may continue to publish games on all platforms in the future. It’s about them
Reach players where they want to play, as those responsible in a press release emphasize.
That’s what Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, writes again in one go open letter. It states that Bungie will remain independent. Bungie is helping to expand Sony’s potential audience –
beyond the PlayStation. Additionally, Bungie would help develop
several future live service games from PlayStation Studios help.
This is a strategic step to further develop the gaming experiences we develop. Bungie’s expertise in delivering a world-class service approach and long-term community commitment is highly compelling and will support the development of several future PlayStation Studios Live Services titles. Additionally, we see the potential of PlayStation Studios’ exceptional capabilities to expand Bungie’s existing and future IP portfolio.
Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, already welcomes Bungie on Twitter and is of course looking forward to the addition:
link to Twitter content
No changes planned for Destiny
Even after buying Sony, Bungie continues to work on Destiny 2, its next expansion Witch Queen announced for February 22, 2022. in one FAQ on the official website the developers emphasize that the vision of the game will not change: Destiny 2 will continue to be supported on all previously available platforms and it will no PlayStation exclusive items give.
This also applies to future expansions that have already been announced until 2024 – and even beyond. Bungie is known to have been working on one for years new IP with the alleged name Matter. So far there are no details in this regard, but according to the FAQ, future games should not be tied exclusively to the PlayStation either.
Incidentally, working with a publisher is nothing new for Bungie. From 2000 to 2007, the American developer was in the hands of Microsoft and was responsible for the Halo series. This was followed by a partnership with Activision-Blizzard for Destiny, which ended in 2019. After three years of complete independence, it is now going to Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Now it’s your turn: How do you think about the next big deal within the video game industry? Do you think Destiny 2 and its future will benefit greatly from the Sony takeover or are you worried? Write us your opinion in the comments!