It feels like every second day we wake up to the news that Sony or Microsoft has acquired a major publisher and today is one of those days. PlayStation has announced that it is buying Bungie for $3.6 billion dollars (US). Bungie is the original creator of Halo and owner of the Destiny IP.
Sony has said that this is definitely not the end of its acquisitions and that Bungie has a lot of knowledge in the live service space and that they see a lot of potential in the Bungie IP for other areas outside of gaming. It’s said that Destiny will stay multiplatform and will not go PlayStation exclusive. You can find a blog post that details Bungie’s future HERE.
PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst had the below to say:
“I am absolutely thrilled to announce a new member will be joining the PlayStation family!
I’ve been a fan of Bungie for many years. I have admired and enjoyed the games that they create – and have great respect for their skill in building worlds that gamers want to explore again and again.
Bungie makes games with outstanding technology that are enormously fun to play. They also have unmatched dedication to the communities that play their games, and everyone at PlayStation, and PlayStation Studios, will be excited about what we can share and learn from them.
I have spent a great deal of time with the senior team at Bungie and it is clear their experience and skills are highly complementary to our own.We will be ready to welcome and support Bungie as they continue to grow, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this incredible team.“
“We believe games have limitless potential, and that to do anything worthwhile in entertainment, we must bet big on our vision, on our studio, and on our incredible team of trusted creators who build unforgettable worlds that truly matter to people.
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.
Today, Bungie begins our journey to become a global multi-media entertainment company.”