After Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Sony’s response was curious. Although Xbox boss Phil Spencer announced that Sony would not make a move that would harm the industry, everyone felt that another big purchase was coming. That news came true. Sony acquires Bungie, developer of Destiny and the first Halo games, for $3.6 billion.
You know Bungie. They brought the Xbox into the console war with the Halo games they developed years ago. As interesting as this may sound, it’s no longer surprising after Microsoft’s aggressive acquisitions. This is the first big response to Xbox in 2022. As you know, they bought dozens of game studios including Bethesda Softworks and Activision Blizzard.
Bungie will continue to operate independently, according to Sony chairman and CEO Jim Ryan. Saying that Playstation will support them to do better with its possibilities, Sony boss also said that the studio will continue to develop multi-platform games.
Bungie’s world-class expertise in multi-platform development and live game services will help us deliver on our vision of expanding PlayStation to hundreds of millions of gamers. Bungie is a great innovator and has developed incredible proprietary tools that will help PlayStation Studios achieve new heights under Hermen Hulst’s leadership.
Considering that Sony is currently lacking in online FPS games, it’s quite possible that Bungie has created a new classic for them. Things are going well with Destiny, so we don’t think there will be any difference in that process.
Phil Spencer on Sony
As you may remember, Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard at a record price in the past weeks and changed the gaming industry. Phil Spencer, who made friendly statements about Playstation after this purchase, said that he trusted Sony would not take steps that would harm the industry.
Saying that his main fear is other giant technology companies outside the gaming industry, Phil Spencer means Meta, Netflix, Amazon and Google.