New Reports suggest that Microsoft is consistently trying to acquire Destiny 2 studio Bungie. The information was recently shared by Industry Insider Jeff Grubb and Imran Khan. Both are well known for their sources within the Games Industry.
In a Podcast, Jeff started with the statement that Microsoft is trying to spend a lot of money on something that isn’t an acquisition. Jeff further commented that according to his sources, this is a big deal. Another Industry Insider Imran Khan noted that a game to Xbox Game Pass would perfectly fit their meta. However, Microsoft is planning to add the game as well as taking control of the studio behind it.
The discussion further continued, and Imran Khan mentioned Destiny 2 after which Jeff Grubb also agreed that his sources have told him the same. Imran Khan continued that his sources told him that Microsoft was trying to either acquire Bungie or add them to the partnership. However, the price is too high and so far they haven’t reached a conclusion.
Microsoft and Bungie were once together in 2000. Bungie was acquired by Microsoft, and Halo: Combat Evolved was released which became really big in the mid-2000s as a launch title for Xbox. Everything was going well, until 7 years later in 2007 Bungie announced that they will split from Microsoft and become a private company. Microsoft then went on to work with Activision for their future Halo Games.
In recent years, the relations between the Bungie and Xbox have looked solid. In 2019 Bungie reunited with Xbox and together they promoted Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Other than this, In June Xbox and Bungie announced that Destiny 2 will join Xbox Game Pass on Console this September.
Earlier this year, Xbox Boss Phil Spencer repeated that Microsoft won’t stop acquiring New Studios for team green. He claimed that they are continuously talking to people and finding the right opportunity. Phil claimed that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was behind their goal, and they won’t slow down.
At the end of the day, take this news with a grain of salt. There are high chances that Bungie would return to the hands of Microsoft. But right now, we do not have any official confirmation. All the dots point in a positive way though.
Update #1: Bungie Director Vanessa Vanasin says that Microsoft is not trying to buy Bungie. She claims that reports are fake.
“All of the info and speculation out there is not true. We are lucky to have a great relationship with our many friends over there who play Destiny, and Halo will always have a special place in our hearts.”
Bungie CEO Pete Parsons has also updated the fans saying “this is false.”. It is unclear whether he meant the entire report was false or that the rumors of Microsoft acquiring Bungie were false. We’ll see if there are more tweets on Microsoft’s acquisition of Bungie.