Sony acquire Destiny developers Bungie for $3.6 Billion! However Bungie say they’ll stay multi-platform in a statement released today. It’s another huge game developer purchase by one of the big guns and this time it impacts me as a fan. I’m a huge Destiny and Destiny 2 fan and already have my latest expansion bought and waiting to drop. However I am on Xbox series X. So what does Sony’s purchase of Bungie mean for any fans of Destiny on Xbox, PC, or Stadia? It seems like panic over, for now, but we will take a look at some careful wording in a moment. First all the hand shaking and back slapping.
“We’ve had a strong partnership with Bungie since the inception of the Destiny franchise, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to officially welcome the studio to the PlayStation family,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, as part of the announcement. “This is an important step in our strategy to expand the reach of PlayStation to a much wider audience. We understand how vital Bungie’s community is to the studio and look forward to supporting them as they remain independent and continue to grow. Like Bungie, our community is core to PlayStation’s DNA, and our shared passion for the gamer and building the best place to play will now evolve even further.”
“In SIE, we have found a partner that fully supports us and wants to accelerate our vision of creating meaningful entertainment experiences that span generations, all while valuing the creative independence that is the heartbeat of Bungie,” said Pete Parsons, CEO and Chairman of Bungie, as part of the same announcement. “We will continue pursuing our vision of one, unified Bungie community, building games that value our community and meet them wherever and however they choose to play. Both Bungie and SIE believe that game worlds are only the beginning of what our IP will become. Our original universes have immense potential and, with SIE’s support, we will propel Bungie into becoming a global multi-media entertainment company dedicated to delivering on our creative vision.”
So does this mean Destiny 2 will become a PlayStation exclusive? For now that is certainly not the case as per the release from Bungie.com. Let’s take a look at the published FAQ and Answers from Bungie directly.
Q1: As a Destiny 2 player, does Bungie becoming part of PlayStation have any immediate impact on how I play and experience Destiny 2?
No. Our commitment to Destiny 2 as a multi-platform game with full Cross Play remains unchanged.
We want you to play The Witch Queen on February 22, 2022, on the platform of YOUR choice.
Q2: Will the Destiny 2 experience on non-PlayStation platforms be impacted by Bungie becoming part of PlayStation?
No. We want to maintain the same great experience you already have on your platform of choice.
Q3: Will any announced seasons, events, packs, or expansions be changed or impacted by Bungie becoming part of PlayStation?
No. Bungie retains full creative independence for our games and our community. Our plans for the Light and Dark Saga are unchanged, all the way through The Final Shape in 2024.
Q4: Will Destiny 2: The Witch Queen include any platform exclusives?
No. The Witch Queen will not contain any platform exclusives. Every player should have an amazing Destiny experience, no matter where you choose to play
Q5: Will cross platform features, like Cross Save, Cross Play, the Destiny 2 Companion App, or third-party apps like Destiny Item Manager (DIM) be changed or removed?
No. Bungie’s commitment to cross-platform play and social features remains unchanged. We believe games are best shared with friends, wherever they choose to play, and will continue to invest in new features and platforms.
Q6: Bungie has future games in development, will they now become PlayStation exclusives?
No. We want the worlds we are creating to extend to anywhere people play games. We will continue to be self-published, creatively independent, and we will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community.
Q7: I play Destiny on Steam, Xbox, or Stadia – will my platform still be supported?
Ok, so it sounds like fans like me will still get to be able to play Destiny 2 and whatever comes next. However, I also think we can be pretty confident we will be going back to PlayStation having exclusive content such as unique weapons, armor and activities, eventually. The wording is very precise on question 4. It only guarantees there will be no exclusives within The Witch Queen. Which, given it releases in three weeks’ time and lasts a whole year is hardly surprising given the timing of the deal. However I think by the precise wording we can say there could well be exclusives again from next year’s big expansion.
Well, what do you readers think as Sony acquire Destiny developers Bungie for $3.6 Billion? What about the fact Bungie say they’ll stay multi-platform? Finally what about the wording on that 4th FAQ? Leave all thoughts below as always.