News | Sony aquires Bungie for $3.6 billion

Sony has announced that it' s buying Bungie for $3.6 billion.

The Destiny franchise continues to be multiplatform. Bungie will also continue to have the option to independently choose what their games appear on. They may also continue to publish their own games on platforms of their choice.

“We’ve had a great partnership with Bungie since the inception of the Destiny franchise and couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the PlayStation family,” PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan told Games Industry. “This is an important step in our strategy to bring PlayStation to an even wider audience.”

“With Sony Interactive Entertainment, we’ve found a partner who will unconditionally support us in all that we are and support our vision to spread entertainment across generations, while ensuring the creative independence that is at Bungie’s heart,” reads an article on the Bungie website. “Sony just believes us that game worlds are just the beginning of what our IPs can become. Together we share the dream of nurturing iconic franchises that unite friends across the world, families spanning generations and fans spanning multiple platforms and entertainment forms.”

Bungie was bought by Microsoft in 2000 and developed the first Halo games for the company. In 2007, Bungie announced it was once again an independent studio, after which it made Destiny and Destiny 2. The company struck a deal with Activision Blizzard to release those games, but dropped that deal in 2019. Bungie continues to release updates and expansions for Destiny 2 and is also working on a completely new IP, which is not yet known. Furthermore, it previously announced that it wants to open a new studio in Amsterdam in 2022.

Earlier in January, two other major acquisitions within the gaming industry were announced. Microsoft plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion and Take-Two to acquire Zynga for $12.7 billion.

News | Destiny 2 Expansion The Witch Queen To Be Revealed During Livestream

On August 24, Bungie will broadcast a livestream revealing the Destiny 2 expansion The Witch Queen.

The announcement was made via the game’s official Twitter channel. The Witch Queen is one of two Destiny 2 expansions that Bungie announced more than a year ago before the launch of Beyond Light. The Witch Queen was supposed to be released at the end of this year, but has since been postponed to 2022.

There is not much more information about the expansion yet, but that should change during the livestream. Players are hoping for a release date and first images, revealing more about the setting and story.