As is typically the case for billion dollar acquisitions, Sony’s mammoth $3.6 billion buyout of Bungie will be investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC for short. While you could be forgiven for forgetting that PlayStation had dug deep to purchase the Destiny developer, this is a reminder that the deal is still very much on – assuming it gets government approval.
If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ll know similar probes have been occurring with Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard – although with that figure many multitudes larger, it’ll have even more red tape to pass through. In both instances, it’s unlikely the acquisitions will be blocked, and this seems more like a matter of protocol than anything else.
Still, The Information reports that the investigation could set the acquisition back by at least six months – although a closing timeframe has never been officially announced by Sony anyway. With Bungie set to operate independently once the deal closes, it’s unlikely to change much really – it’ll be business as usual for the legendary Halo creator, we imagine.
Apparently, the FTC is concerned that future Bungie games could become exclusive to Sony platforms, but both PlayStation and Bungie has already promised that won’t be the case. “We want the worlds we are creating to extend to anywhere people play games,” said a spokesperson at the time. “We will continue to be self-published, creatively independent, and we will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community.”