In what feels like an alternate universe, Sony Interactive Entertainment has bought Bungie, the creators of Destiny and the original creator of Halo, for US$3.6 billion.
The acquisition comes shortly after Microsoft’s massive Activision Blizzard enquiry and almost feels like a retaliation. However, according to the Bungie CEO Pete Parsons, Bungie will “remain in charge of their destiny”, and continue to “independently publish and creatively develop” their games.
In Sony, we have found a partner who unconditionally supports us in all we are and who wants to accelerate our vision to create generation-spanning entertainment, all while preserving the creative independence that beats in Bungie’s heart. Like us, Sony believes that game worlds are only the beginning of what our IPs can become. Together, we share a dream of creating and fostering iconic franchises that unite friends around the world, families across generations, and fans across multiple platforms and entertainment mediums.Pete Parsons, CEO of Bungie
The Future of Destiny
Bungie is remaining adamant that Destiny will not offer any extra PlayStation benefits. The upcoming DLC, The Witch Queen, will still release on February 22, 2022. In addition, Bungie has created an FAQ with common questions that players might have after the deal. Especially those who have an Xbox and actively play Destiny. You can check out the FAQ here.
Furthermore, Sony’s added support is also allowing Bundie to expand its current staff. It’s now “hiring across all disciplines for Destiny 2 and for all new worlds beyond“.
Will Halo Come to PlayStation?
After Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, fans were wondering if Call of Duty would become an Xbox console exclusive, and rightly so. While there is not a definite answer on the future of Call of Duty, Xbox players can take a big sigh of relief as Halo will not be coming to PlayStation.
After Bungie and Microsoft split in 2007, Halo became the sole intellectual property (IP) of Microsoft. This means that the deal will not affect any old or any upcoming Halo games.
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