Microsoft and Sony seem to be on a purchasing spree, and Sony is set to add Destiny 2 developers Bungie to its crew. Sony will spend a whopping $3.6 billion to bring Bungie to its collection of first-party developers.
This comes hot on the heels of Microsoft announcing that it has purchased Activision Blizzard for the tidy sum of $68.7 billion. While Bungie’s catalog might be substantially smaller than that of Activision Blizzard, the company still makes Destiny, a successful multiplatform franchise that’s been around since 2014 (Destiny 2 since 2017).
The second sentence of Sony’s announcement answers one of the biggest questions gamers will have, and that’s whether they’ll still be able to play Destiny on Xbox and PC. “First off, I want to be very clear to the community that Bungie will remain an independent and multiplatform studio and publisher,” said Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Bungie also made it clear that it would keep making games for all platforms in an FAQ. “No. We want the worlds we are creating to extend to anywhere people play games. We will continue to be self-published, creatively independent, and we will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community,” said Bungie.
It sounds like Sony might look to Bungie for more than just Destiny, as well. Ryan continues, “Bungie’s world-class expertise in multiplatform development and live game services will help us deliver on our vision of expanding PlayStation to hundreds of millions of gamers. Bungie is a great innovator and has developed incredible proprietary tools that will help PlayStation Studios achieve new heights under Hermen Hulst’s leadership.”
That sounds like the technology Bungie created to bring the persistent world of Destiny 2 to life might see some use in PlayStation’s other games.
Interestingly, Bungie is responsible for Microsoft’s first big success on Xbox, Halo. Bungie then went to work with Activision before going independent. Now, the firm has made a 180-degree turn, going to Sony.