Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they’ve acquired former Halo developers and Destiny studio Bungie for $3.6 billion. Bungie will operate as an “independent subsidiary” to Sony and maintain multi-platform releases. Additionally, Bungie has the option to self-publish games and “reach players wherever they choose to play”. This acquisition by Sony was roughly 5 to 6 months in the making. Here’s what SIE CEO Jim Ryan had to say, courtesy of Gamesindustry.biz:
“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.
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.”
Over on Twitter, Jim Ryan told Gamesindustry.biz lead journalist Christopher Dring that Sony is expecting more acquisitions to be made. Players can expect more shake-ups in the industry soon. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest gaming news and updates!