So, Sony's bought Bungie for $3.6 billion. Bungie being the developer that helped solidify Xbox as a gaming brand with Halo. Bungie being the developer who created Destiny with the backing of Activision — a publisher that's in the process of being snapped up by Microsoft for a staggering $68 billion. It's a mad, mad world.
But now that the dust has settled (kind of), we want to know what you think about Sony's latest acquisition. As we said in our own Reaction article, Sony's Bungie Buyout Means Little for PS5, PS4 Fans Right Now. The PlayStation maker — and Bungie itself — has stressed that the studio will remain independent in terms of development and publishing. Destiny 2 and Bungie's future games will still release on multiple platforms — this isn't a case of Sony absorbing Bungie into its stable of first-party PlayStation Studios.
"But what's the point in that?" is a question that we've already seen countless times since this announcement was made public. Microsoft paid about $7 billion for ZeniMax, Bethesda, and all of its properties last year — and every game born of that deal won't be on PlayStation. Why is Sony doing things differently with Bungie?
It's a question that we don't have a definitive answer to just yet. It's becoming abundantly clear that Sony wants a stronger position within the live service space — it's apparently planning to release ten live service titles by March 2026 — so it's widely believed that Bungie's expertise in that sector is the driving force behind the Sony buyout. In other words, as PlayStation gamers, we probably won't see the benefits of this deal until years down the line.
Again, then: what do you make of all this? Are you worried that Sony is going in a direction that you don't like? Or do you think buying Bungie is actually a shrewd move on the Japanese giant's behalf? Vote in our polls, and bring your billions to the comments section below.