Sony to purchase ‘Destiny’ developer Bungie for $3.6 billion

The company behind the PlayStation brand has agreed to buy Bungie, the makers of Destiny and the original Halo games

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Source: PlayStation Blog

Sony announced Monday that it will purchase game developer Bungie in a deal worth $3.6 billion.

Bungie is the developer and publisher responsible for the Destiny series and they are the original creators of Halo.

It’s a big move for Sony after Microsoft recently announced the purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal that won’t be complete until the summer of 2023.

“Bungie’s world-class expertise in multi-platform development and live game services will help us deliver on our vision of expanding PlayStation to hundreds of millions of gamers,” wrote Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO, in the PlayStation Blog post announcing the purchase. “Bungie is a great innovator and has developed incredible proprietary tools that will help PlayStation Studios achieve new heights under Hermen Hulst’s leadership.”

The post explained that Bungie will continue to operate and publish games independently and remain a multiplatform studio.

Those concerned about Bungie’s games becoming exclusive to PlayStation can rest easy. Bungie said in an FAQ on its website that it will not make its games exclusive to Sony consoles.

Q. As a Destiny 2 player, does Bungie becoming part of PlayStation have any immediate impact on how I play and experience Destiny 2? ​

No. Our commitment to Destiny 2 as a multi-platform game with full Cross Play remains unchanged.   ​

We want you to play The Witch Queen on February 22, 2022, on the platform of YOUR choice. 

Bungie Official Website

The FAQ goes on to state several times, in response to multiple questions on the topic, that no Bungie games currently available for non-PlayStation platforms will lose support and no games Bungie currently has in development will become exclusive to PlayStation consoles.

When it comes to future games that aren’t yet in development, it’s a bit unclear whether that exclusivity will change or not but it does seem that Bungie intends to keep its games on multiple platforms.

“We want the worlds we are creating to extend to anywhere people play games,” reads on answer on the FAQ. “We will continue to be self-published, creatively independent, and we will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community.”

Bungie has been around since the early 1990s and has produced games such as Destiny and Destiny 2, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: ODST, Halo: Reach, Oni, Myth: The Fallen Lords, Myth II: Soulblighter and more. From 2000 through 2007, Bungie was a subsidiary of Microsoft Game Studios before becoming independent.