Bungie will retain “full creative control and publishing independence of the Destiny universe” following its blockbuster $3.6 billion acquisition by PlayStation, a roadmap that the duo are calling their “shared vision” for the future.
The three point plan guarantees that Destiny 2 will remain on all current platforms, with the potential to expand to still more platforms in the future. Bungie’s ultimate goal is a “single global community, that you can play anywhere, on any device.”
Bungie’s article includes a short FAQ that answers questions concerning its immediate impact on Destiny 2 players, its effect on announced seasons and expansion packs, and what it will mean for The Witch Queen. In short, Bungie says that nothing will change in the short-term, and that it remains committed to cross-platform play.
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Bungie’s reaffirmation of its to commitment to cross-platform play is notable in light of Sony’s famous reluctance to allow PlayStation games to integrate with other consoles. Sony held back PS4 cross-play for years, blocking Rocket League, Minecraft, and Fortnite even as Nintendo and Xbox moved ahead. Sony did eventually acquiesce, with PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan saying that the platform holder supports and encourages cross-play.
Creative independence has also been a thorny issue for Bungie. The studio’s high-publicized divorces with Xbox and Activision was in part due to conflicts over the studio’s approach to Halo and Destiny respectively.
In a separate PlayStation Blog article, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons wrote that Bungie has found a partner in Sony who will preserve the “creative independent that beats in Bungie’s heart.”
“Like us, Sony believes that game worlds are only the beginning of what our IPs can become. Together, we share a dream of creating and fostering iconic franchises that unite friends around the world, families across generations, and fans across multiple platforms and entertainment mediums. Today, Bungie begins our journey to become a global multi-media entertainment company.” Parsons wrote.
Destiny 2 fans were quick to observe that Bungie’s roadmap doesn’t preclude timed exclusives for PlayStation platforms.
“If Bungie goes back to that year long PlayStation exclusivity [bullsh*t] I’m going to be pissed. Imagine them doing that crap with entire dungeons or raids,” one user wrote on Reddit.
Indeed, Destiny 2 on PS4 had exclusive armor, exotic weapons, and strikes through at least 2018’s release of Forsaken.
Destiny 2’s next expansion is The Witch Queen, which is due to release on February 22. Stay tuned for more info one PlayStation’s big Bungie acquisition as the story continues to develop, and make sure to read our recent report on Bungie’s struggle for a better work culture.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN