Written By: XiledJessi7
We all know Bungie, the studio who brought us Halo & Destiny. In January 2022 it was announced by Sony Interactive Entertainment that it would acquire Bungie studios. After having run as a standalone LLC since 2007, as of July 15th it is now an independent subsidiary under Sony.
Bungie's acquisition by Microsoft back in 2001, brought us a majority of the Halo franchise. When Bungie split from Microsoft in 2007, Bungie remained the developer of Halo up until Halo: Reach, however Microsoft retained the intellectual property of Halo. When Bungie partnered with Activision Blizzard in 2010, their agreement was that any new intellectual property developed by Bungie would be owned by Bungie, maybe as not to have a repeat of Halo.
Bungie brought us Destiny in 2014 and released cross-platform, but after terminating their deal with Activision in 2019, they have retained all rights to the Destiny franchise. Bungie expanded their firm in 2021 and opened their first international office in Amsterdam earlier this year just after the Sony acquisition announcement.
Sony is in no way trying to take over Bungie and their success. This acquisition is Sony’s investment to help expand the work on Destiny and other projects that Bungie has planned. Not only that, Bungie will help Sony in the expansion into live-service online games. Clearly with the amazing success of Destiny 2, Bungie has this expertise under their belt. Who wouldn’t want this same success?
As stated by Bungie Chairman & CEO Pete Parsons, “we remain in charge of our destiny”. Bungie will continue to publish and creatively develop their games. “Our games will continue to be where our community is, wherever they choose to play.” This further drives home that even under the Sony Interactive Entertainment banner, the Destiny franchise will not become a PlayStation exclusive.
As much as there is the big “team Xbox” and “team PlayStation” argument, this shows us that companies can come together for the game. It’s exciting to see where this partnership between Bungie and SIE will go, hopefully this will bring us some exciting games over the next few years!
Check out the initial announcement from Bungie’s Blog: https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/50988