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 | Halo-inspired weapons appeared in Destiny 2

Several Halo-inspired weapons have been added to Destiny 2.

That in connection with the thirtieth anniversary of Bungie, the developer of the Destiny series and the old Halo games. The weapons are not exact replicas of Halo weapons, but they are very similar to weapons like the Battle Rifle, Magnum and Energy Sword. In addition, there is a new activity for six players called Dares of Eternity to play.

Paid content has also been released in the form of the 30th Anniversary Pack. This includes a new dungeon and other content inspired by old Bungie games, including Marathon and Myth. Think the Myth Claymore sword, Destiny 1 weapons and protective gear inspired by Marathon.


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.


News | Proceeds Modern Warfare DLC are donated to forest fires Australia

Infinity Ward has announced that all proceeds from the Outback expansion will be donated to the Australian fire relief fund to fight the serious Australian forest fires.

The name of the expansion package is also being changed, from now on the dlc is called The Outback Relief Pack. Infinity Ward has indicated that this applies to all revenues from the dlc, including packages that have already been sold.

In addition, this applies to the revenues on all platforms. The proceeds are not only used to fight forest fires, but also to support victims and help them get back on their feet.
Infinity Ward is not the only developer that contributes to the crisis in Australia. Bungie, Blizzard and Respawn have also indicated that they are making a contribution by starting such campaigns.

The Outback Relief promotion of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare runs until January 31.


News | Free-to-play content in Destiny 2: New Light revealed

Next week the free version of Destiny 2 will be released, called New Light.
Bungie has since announced what players can and cannot play in this free-to-play version of Destiny 2.

Next week, Desiny 2 will no longer be playable from Battle.net, as the game will move to Steam. The move also brings a free version of the first person shooter called New Light.
Developer Bungie explained in a tweet what is and what is not available in New Light.

All players start the game with a Power Level of 750 and are able to raise this level to the maximum power level. In addition, players can earn seasonal rewards and grades. Destiny 2: New Light contains the storylines of The Red War, Warmind and The Curse of Osiris. In addition, all exotic weapons, armor sets and raids from year one are available in the free-to-play version of Destiny 2. In addition, players get access to selected content from year two.

If players want to extend their Destiny 2 experience through additional adventures, weapons and storylines, they must purchase additional content such as the Forsaken and Shadowkeep expansions.


News | Bungie reveals more details about Destiny 2: New Light and cross-saves

Destiny 2: New Light will not be a separate version of the game and will contain content from the first year as well as content from the Forsaken expansion. Furthermore, extensions must be purchased again when cross-saves are used.

Bungie posted their weekly blog post about Destiny 2 yesterday. The message mentioned the upcoming Iron Banner event and the new unlockable equipment and weapons, but also answers some questions about the announced Destiny 2: New Light and the cross-save functionality that comes to the game.

Bungie explains that Destiny 2: New Light is not a separate version of the game. Instead, all players are transferred to New Light, but current players retain all their progression and purchased extensions. The free version of New Light contains all content from the first year of Destiny 2, including the main story missions and the Curse of Osiris and Warmind extensions. From the Forsaken expansion, free players have access to the planets, Strikes, Crucible maps, Gambit game modes and certain content of the Annual Pass. Only the story missions, raids and missions for rare Exotic weapons must be purchased separately.

Players who play the free version of Destiny 2: New Light for the first time are introduced to the game through a story mission. In this mission, which is known from Destiny 1, the player wakes up in the Cosmodrome on Earth, then finds a ship and can fly to the Tower. New players also start with a high Power Level, so that they can participate in all free content.

The blog post also gives more details about the operation of the cross-save functionality that comes to the game in September. In this way players can choose one character to transfer to another platform and all the equipment and items of the character are preserved. However, extensions are only valid on the platform on which they were purchased, and must therefore be purchased again on the new platform. It is also confirmed that cross-play between the different platforms is not possible. Google Stadium users are therefore only linked to other Stadium players.