Bungie, the developer of Destiny and the original creator of Halo, is being purchased by Sony for $3.6 billion. The acquisition comes on the heels of Microsoft’s news that it plans to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Bungie CEO Pete Parsons writes in a blog post that the company would “continue to independently publish and creatively develop our games.”
“In SIE, we have discovered a partner who fully supports us in all we do and wants to expedite our ambition of creating generation-spanning entertainment, all while protecting Bungie’s creative independence,” Parsons adds. “SIE, like us, thinks that game worlds are just the start of what our IPs may become.” We all have a dream of building and nurturing legendary franchises that bring together friends from all over the world, families from different generations, and fans from various platforms and entertainment media.
Bungie will remain a multiplatform, independent studio and publisher, working with Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation Studios creators, according to Jim Ryan, the company’s president, and CEO, in a post on the PlayStation Blog. “Bungie’s world-class competence in multiplatform development and live game services will assist us in achieving our aim of bringing PlayStation to hundreds of millions of gamers,” he said.
In a second blog post, Hermen Hulst, the head of PlayStation Studios, echoed that attitude. “Bungie’s technical expertise, along with their track record of establishing highly active communities,” he said, “makes them a natural choice for partnership with PlayStation Studios.” “We’re eager to start making preparations to exchange talents and knowledge, as well as to realize the full potential of having Bungie’s brilliant minds under the PlayStation umbrella.”
With games like Destiny, Bungie is stating unequivocally that future titles will not be limited to the PlayStation. “No. We want the worlds we’re creating to be accessible to everybody who enjoys video games. Bungie notes in a FAQ on the deal, “We will continue to be self-published, creatively independent, and we will continue to promote one, unified Bungie community.”
The deal is the following a string of significant acquisitions announced only this month. The industry is still suffering from Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which came just over a week after Take-$12.7 Two’s billion acquisition of mobile firm Zynga. Last year, Sony acquired a number of studios to add to its PlayStation Studios family, including Housemarque, the creator of Returnal, and Bluepoint Games, the developer of the Demon’s Souls remake.
Let’s wait and watch what Destiny has got for us in the near future.