Halo and Destiny: Sony is buying Bungie for $3.6 billion


Sony buys the US game studio Bungie, best known for the Halo series and Destiny. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony Interactive Entertainment is paying $3.6 billion for the acquisition. The deal announcement came Monday, less than two weeks after the games industry’s most expensive acquisition to date was announced – Microsoft’s $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard. With Bungie, the studio is now joining the “Playstation family”, as Sony puts it, which developed one of the most famous video games ever with Halo and thus played a major role in the success of Microsoft’s Xbox games console. Bungie was owned by Microsoft from 2000 to 2007.

Bungie will continue to enjoy creative freedom after the acquisition assures Sony now. The studio has great expertise in cramming “immersive experiences at scale” into games that evolve over time. The studio also has “very impressive” plans for more content. Added to this is the extensive experience in development for multiple platforms, adds Sony. This will help “take Playstation beyond the console” and expand the audience. At Bungie you mean, with the takeover one begins the way to a “global multimedia enterprise”. You keep control of Destiny 2, titles that are already in development should not only appear for the Playstation. Bungie will not become part of Playstation Studios.

With the takeover of the well-known studio, Sony is now indicating that the duel with Microsoft will be accepted. The takeover is the largest for the Japanese group in years. In any case, the stock markets seem to be honoring them, after the announcement it went up about four percent.


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