There was some anticipation as to whether or not Sony would respond to Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard. We haven’t had to wait long to see a similar move, though nowhere near the same impact.
But it does have an emotional charge. Sony has announced the purchase of Bungie, creators of Destiny and parents of Halo, the flagship franchise of Xbox, before its departure from Microsoft, for 3.6 billion dollars.
As confirmed from both Bungie and Sony, Bungie will continue to not only make multiplatform games, but will continue to develop and publish them independently.
Bungie will retain full creative independence for its games and its community. Bungie’s commitment to cross-platform gameplay and social features remains unchanged.
Bungie was founded in 1991 by Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. In 2000, shortly before the launch of the first Xbox, Microsoft acquired the company so that the game they were developing, Halo, would accompany the console at its launch. In 2007 they separated from Redmond, returning to being an independent studio.
In 2010 they partnered with Activision to publish their games for at least 10 years. In 2013 it announces Destiny, a game that ends up coming out a year and a half later. Destiny 2 is released at the end of 2017 and is a game that continues to receive a large amount of content to this day.