Shortly after the massive takeover of Activision by Microsoft, Sony announced that it was acquiring Bungie. This studio mainly deals with games destiny and was the developer of the first games Halo on Xbox. The redemption amount is $3.6 billion.
Sony gets its hands on Bungie
In the press release announcing the takeover, Bungie explains that it has found in Sony “a partner who unconditionally supports us in all that we are and who wants to accelerate our vision to create entertainment that touches all generations, while preserving the creative independence that beats at the heart of Bungie”. The studio assures that it and Sony share “the dream of creating and fostering iconic franchises that unite friends around the world, families of all generations, and fans across multiple platforms and entertainment mediums”.
Bungie ensures that he will keep his creative side and above all a certain independence. For example, future games from the studio will continue to be available on Xbox or other platforms, they will not become PlayStation exclusives.
A second takeover in 22 years
This is the second time Bungie has been acquired. Microsoft acquired the studio in June 2000, making its shooter Halo an exclusive title for the original Xbox launch in 2001. Bungie regained its independence shortly after the launch of Halo 3 in October 2007. The group produced two other company-exclusive Halo games (Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach) before signing a 10-year contract with Activision, which led to the creation of the Destiny franchise. And now he will join Sony and PlayStation Studios.
Neither Sony nor Bungie say at this time when the takeover should be complete. As a reminder, Microsoft has announced that it expects its takeover of Activision for nearly $69 billion to be completed by June 2023.