Microsoft isn’t the only one making big time acquisition moves in the gaming sphere lately — Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on Monday morning that they’ll be purchasing the makers of Destiny, the original Halo games and former Microsoft subsidiary, Bungie, for a reported $3.6 billion.
The move has fueled speculation on the console exclusivity of Destiny 2 as well as future Bungie projects, though the developer has stated that despite the acquisition, Destiny 2 and other games will still be on the Xbox and that they as an entity will retain the ability “to self-publish and reach players wherever they choose to play.”
Per an official statement on the Bungie website:
“With SIE, the potential for our universes is unlimited. Our future games will take bold steps into unexplored spaces for Bungie, continue to push the boundaries of what is possible, and will always be built on a foundation of creating meaningful, lifelong friendships and memories.
We remain in charge of our destiny. We will continue to independently publish and creatively develop our games. We will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community. Our games will continue to be where our community is, wherever they choose to play. With SIE’s support, the most immediate change you will see is an acceleration in hiring talent across the entire studio to support our ambitious vision.”
Bungie went on to answer questions with more specificity in FAQ form as part of their official statement. When asked if the Sony acquisition of Bungie would have immediate effects on the state of Destiny 2, the developer stated, “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.”
Regarding Destiny 2 seasons, events, packs and expansions being affected by the Sony acquisition, Bungie said, “No. Bungie retains full creative independence for our games and our community. Our plans for the Light and Dark Saga are unchanged, all the way through The Final Shape in 2024.”
When asked if Destiny 2 and other games will still be on Xbox after the Sony acquisition, Bungie replied, “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.”
Although cross-platform inclusivity is the sentiment right now for Sony and Bungie, whether or not they will change their minds, especially in relation to the Microsoft acquisition of Activision and future Call of Duty installments being Xbox exclusive will likely be a point of contention in the coming years.
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