It’s been spelled out and hammered home, but just to make it patently obvious: Bungie will not develop games exclusively for PlayStation 5 and PS4, despite being purchased by Sony for $3.6 billion earlier today. Every statement that the organisation has released describes the Destiny developer as independent, but an FAQ makes abundantly clear that there’s zero ambition from the Japanese giant to meddle with its shiny new toy.
“Our commitment to Destiny 2 as a multi-platform game with full crossplay remains unchanged,” a statement from the developer reads. “We want you to play The Witch Queen on 22nd February, 2022, on the platform of your choice. “ Okay, what about exclusive content? “Every player should have an amazing Destiny experience, no matter where you choose to play.”
Alright, that makes sense for Destiny 2, then, but what about future games in development at Bungie – will they become PlayStation exclusives? “No. We want the worlds we are creating to extend to anywhere people play games. We will continue to be self-published, creatively independent, and we will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community.”
This is a completely different kind of transparency than we’ve seen from Microsoft, where it’s talked vaguely about its “desire” to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, for example. To be fair to the Redmond juggernaut, it doesn’t actually own Activision Blizzard yet so probably can’t speak firmly about its plans, but there’s very little wiggle room in the wording here. Bungie will continue to operate as it has for the past few years, despite being a Sony subsidiary now.