It looks like Microsoft is looking to shore up its first-party studios, and one of the developers the company is eyeing is none other than Bungie! The Microsoft Bungie acquisition talks was outed on the latest GamesBeat podcast by veteran video game journalist Jeff Grubb.
According to Grubb, Microsoft and Bungie have had discussions about it, though both parties have not been able to agree on a sale price. This report was backed up by Eurogamer who heard similar rumblings, which adds that that this was driven by Bungie’s desire to raise new funds for the studio, its project and staff.
The report doesn’t state if talks have been scrapped entirely, or if the sales price is still being negotiated currently.
If this pans out, would this mean Destiny will be exclusive to the Xbox platform moving forward? Perhaps, or it could continue as is, and Microsoft can make it so that future expansions and content come to Xbox platforms first.
Veteran gamers will remember that before Bungie made Destiny and charted on its own, the studio was first known for its work on the Halo franchise, with the last Halo game by Bungie being Halo Reach released back in 2010. Since then, Bungie has developed the highly successful Destiny franchise alongside Activision, with the two companies parting ways in January of 2019.
Will we see Bungie back in the Microsoft stable once again? And would you want it to develop Halo once more if given the chance?
Update: Bungie CEO Peter Parsons has shot down this report stating it’s “false.”
This is false.
— pete parsons (@pparsons) September 14, 2020