Sony has announced that it will be acquiring Destiny 2 developer Bungie, bringing the creator of the popular MMORPG under its umbrella for the price of $3.6 billion.
Destiny 2 is undeniably one of the most popular MMOFPS games on the market. Shortly after last year's reveal of The Witch Queen, Bungie celebrated the 30th anniversary of the company with some cool in-game items. It's also got a fair few plans laid out for the future of the game, but something earth-shattering has just been announced today: Sony has begun the process of acquiring Bungie.
Destiny 2 Developer Bungie Will Soon Be a Part of Sony
The news of Sony acquiring Destiny 2 developer was detailed in a press release from Sony. According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, many Bungie staff were wholly unaware of the deal until an all-hands meeting that took place at 1:00 PM today.
"Bungie has created and continues to evolve some of the world’s most beloved videogame franchises and, by aligning its values with people’s desire to share gameplay experiences, they bring together millions of people around the world," said Sony Group Corporation Chairman, President, and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. "As part of our Purpose to 'fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology,' we will utilize the Sony Group’s diverse array of entertainment and technology assets to support further evolution of Bungie and its ability to create iconic worlds across multiple platforms and media."
The purchase deal will see Sony paying a total of $3.6 billion to cover the purchase price and other matters. As always, this number can go up or down depending on a variety of practical factors.
Going forward, Destiny 2 developer Bungie will remain an independent studio underneath Sony. Aside from a slice of the Destiny 2 pie, Sony will get access to Bungie's expertise in live service games. And, you know, all the institutional knowledge from the whole "creating the Halo universe" thing they did a few years back.
Ultimately, this means that Destiny 2 should continue to function as it always has. There's plenty of fun to be had in the MMOFPS -- you can play Destiny 2 for free on PC and consoles via its official website.
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