Microsoft has been known to have been on a studio-buying spree for Xbox in recent years, and while the fruits of that are still a few years away, there is news that they have been tracking a whale that they couldn’t land:
That message is from Jeff Grubb and his podcast, in which he and another panelist (around 1
Microsoft has found talented developers like Obsidian and Ninja Theory, but none as great as Bungie, who of course left Microsoft many years ago after producing the original Halo games before 343 took over. Bungie then worked with Activision for Destiny and part of Destiny 2 before dramatically declaring their independence. And then … apparently talking to Microsoft again if the price was high enough.
Bungie would be a monster acquisition for Microsoft, and of course that would raise questions about what exactly would happen to Destiny as a franchise if that deal were made.
On the one hand, it’s almost unthinkable to imagine Destiny 2 support suddenly being withdrawn from the PS4 and PS5, especially if at least more than three years of content is planned for it and only Xbox and PC are exclusive. After all, PlayStation is the largest share of the total player base. In this situation, one could imagine that Microsoft is only acting as a publisher and profiting from the PlayStation sales and not taking them off the platform.
And yet you’re not paying hundreds of millions of dollars for a huge studio and their biggest game and Not do you want it to be an Xbox exclusive right? And maybe that’s part of why this deal failed multiple times.
Fans have long suspected that Microsoft and Bungie have been pretty friends lately, like two exes hanging out again after a while. Destiny 2’s Beyond Light expansion will launch as a Game Pass offering like a Microsoft first-party title and on Xbox Series X / S launch day. There are conspiracy theories that Bungie even delayed expansion in order to achieve this. I wonder if those acquisition talks turned into a smaller business with a closer relationship, and that’s how this Beyond Light / Game Pass deal came about.
The headline is no: Microsoft isn’t buying Bungie because it costs too much, and if they’ve tried in the past who says they won’t try again? And it also means that Bungie is ready to be independent again if the price is right on a megacorp to work with.
I don’t really know how to feel about it. Bungie’s “independent” era has only recently begun and has yet to be proven. We’ve seen changes like Destiny being partially free, which was apparently impossible under the Activision deal, but I don’t know we’re going to have a “Yes, Destiny is now twice as good as Bungie is calling their own shots” moment yet . I don’t know what a Microsoft partnership would mean for the players. Would they get more money and more staff to make a big, more ambitious game? Then yes, do it. Would they be forced to have support or features or that remove entire game from PlayStation? Then no, very bad.
Still fascinating to look at. We’ll see if this leads anywhere in the future.
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