In a move that is no doubt a response shot from Sony, Bungie is joining Microsoft’s longtime rival in a $3.8B acquisition.
I’m going to be completely honest, I didn’t even know something like this was possible. People have been screaming for the last couple of weeks – “Sony has to respond! They’ll respond by buying [insert developer here]! You’ll see!” – and I’ve just been over here like… Is that the way the world works? Can companies this big just yank a couple billi out of their vaults and buy a developer the same why I buy a pack of gum at the convenience store?
Apparently the answer to that is yes.
This strikes me as an incredibly odd move, since Bungie has spent the last year and change sending subtle shots here and there, blasting everyone and their mother and preaching about how they’re marching to the beat of their own drum – free of the restraints of a parent company. Bungie’s rallying cry to the Destiny fanbase was that they’re finally free to build the game they’ve always wanted to build, beholden to no master but themselves… But now here we are.
It would be hypocritical of me to criticize this acquisition, and honestly… I don’t have any critique for it. Sony is doing business the way business is done, and scooping up a beloved studio before someone else can. I share the same hopes that I’m sure millions of PlayStation owners do in that Destiny stays multi-platform, but I am not confident their next project will be.
I suppose only time will tell.
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