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Sony Acquire Bungie in $3.6B Deal

From putting Microsft’s Xbox on the map with the Halo franchise, Bungie has now been acquired by Sony.

Bungie – famous for the Halo and Destiny games – has been acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

In a much that will shock many, the deal is reportedly for $3.6bn and comes just a couple of weeks after rivals’ Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard for $68bn.

“In SIE, 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,” said Bungie in a statement.

Sony Aquire Bungie in $3.6 Deal

Bungie was founded in 1991 but became a household name ten years later with the release of game-changing Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) for the Xbox. They would go on to release four more Halo titles; Halo 2 (2004), Halo 3 (2007), Halo 3: ODST (2008), and Halo: Reach (2010).

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After the release of Halo: Reach, Bungie would go on to make Destiny 1 and 2.

343 Industries took up development duties on the Halo franchise, to decidedly mixed results.

Read More: Fans Slam Halo Infinite Devs Over “Condescending” Update Blog

Destiny 2’s Future

Bungie claims the deal with allow them to further develop Destiny 2 and “push the boundaries of what is possible”.

“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.”

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Bungie also sought to allay fears that Destiny 2’s future may be one exclusively on PlayStation. In a separate release,

Bungie stated that Destiny 2 would continue as a “multi-platform game” and remain available on Steam, Xbox, and Stadia.

They also promised that future Bungie titles will NOT be exclusive to PlayStation:

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

So, Sony has fired back and PlayStation fanboys have reason to cheer today. Microsoft may now own the rights to Call of Duty, Warcraft, and many more, but Sony has one of the best FPS developers on the planet.

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