Sony has announced that it will acquire Bungie for $3.6 Billion. As with many of these blockbuster acquisitions, there are questions regarding what this means for the future of that studio when it comes to exclusives. According to Bungie, future games in development will not become PlayStation exclusives.
Following news of the acquisition, Bungie released a Q&A addressing some common questions players and fans might have for the future of the company. One of the big questions is whether Bungie’s future games currently in development will become PlayStation exclusives? To which Bungie responds flatly: No.
“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.”
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Bungie is currently developing a new franchise. Last we heard the studio is hoping to become a “multi-franchise” company by 2025, meaning Bungie is aiming to have at least one new franchise to go alongside Destiny 2, which the studio continues to develop.
Destiny 2, for that matter, will also remain multiplatform and Bungie released a roadmap detailing the future of the franchise after Sony’s acquisition.
The studio recently expanded its HQ with plans to “tell new stories in the Destiny universe, and create entirely new worlds in to-be-announced IPs,” so Bungie’s plans are by no means secret. But according to Bungie, these would-be franchises will be multi-platform after the acquisition.
There is some flexibility in the Q&A’s wording, however. The question asks Bungie if future games in development will become PlayStation exclusives. And while those will remain multiplatform, that isn’t to say this will always be the case for games further out or not yet considered.
The question regarding exclusivity is a big one. Bethesda games are more or less exclusive to Xbox following the acquisition barring some pre-existing deals that kept Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo PlayStation 5 exclusives.
Call of Duty reportedly will remain multiplatform for the foreseeable future because of similar pre-existing deals, though insiders say after that the future of the series is less certain.
Throughout the news of Sony’s Bungie acquisition, the two companies have repeatedly affirmed Bungie’s independence and right to remain multi-platform. And with future Bungie titles looking to remain that way as well, Bungie represents a different strategy for a third-party acquisition than we’ve seen so far.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.