Sony is acquiring Destiny 2 developer Bungie for $3.6 billion, the companies announced on Monday. The news comes just two weeks after Microsoft revealed its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard.
According to their announcement, Bungie will become an independent subsidiary of SIE, meaning the developer will continue to work independently and will retain its self-publishing capabilities under Sony. “We remain in charge of our destiny. We will continue to independently publish and creatively develop our games,” said Bungie. “We will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community. Our games will continue to be where our community is, wherever they choose to play.”
Regarding platform exclusivity, Bungie assures players that their access to Destiny 2 will not change as a result of the acquisition. “Our commitment to Destiny 2 as a multi-platform game with full Cross Play remains unchanged,” said Bungie on their dedicated FAQ page.
The developer says they want players to experience Destiny 2 on the platform of their choice. This includes The Witch Queen expansion, which is set to arrive next month on February 22. Previously announced Destiny 2 content will not be impacted, either. “Our plans for the Light and Dark Saga are unchanged, all the way through The Final Shape in 2024.”
“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,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO at SIE. “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.”
Head over to the announcement post for more details and stay tuned to Guide Stash for more Destiny 2 updates.