Sony Interactive Entertainment is set to buy Bungie, the makers of Destiny and original developer behind Halo, for $3.6 billion. Bungie will be an “independent subsidiary” and will remain a multiplatform studio.
The acquisition arrives shortly after Microsoft’s announcement that it intends to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal worth $68.7 billion. Bungie will “continue to independently publish and creatively develop our games,” Bungie CEO Pete Parsons writes in a blog post.
Bungie addressed concerns from the Destiny 2 player base in an FAQ about the new deal, promising that nothing will change about the game’s availability on existing platforms. In a graphic outlining Bungie and PlayStation’s “shared vision,” Bungie said:
“Destiny 2 will stay on all current platforms and expand to new platforms”
“Bungie maintains full creative control and publishing independence of the Destiny universe”
“Same game, everywhere — Every player should have an amazing Destiny experience, no matter where you choose to play”
Parsons said that “the most immediate” effect of the deal “is an acceleration in hiring talent across the entire studio to support our ambitious vision.” In addition to ongoing development of Destiny 2, Bungie has other unannounced projects in the works. In 2018, the developer announced it would “begin the creation of new worlds”alongside a $100 million investment from Chinese internet and games giant NetEase.
“Bungie’s technical expertise, coupled with their track record of building highly engaged communities, make them a natural fit for collaboration with PlayStation Studios,” said Herman Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios. “We are excited to make plans to share skills and expertise, and to unlock the potential in having the brilliant minds at Bungie under the PlayStation roof.
“I believe that Bungie joining the PlayStation family will increase the capabilities of PlayStation Studios, and of Bungie, and achieve our vision of expanding PlayStation to hundreds of millions of gamers. For game creators, that’s always our goal: to bring our vision to as many people as possible.”