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In a stunning film, although much less stunning than it could have been simply weeks in the past, Sony has introduced a deal to purchase Bungie, builders of Future and the unique Halo trilogy. No matter video games that Bungie makes sooner or later, precedent is more likely to be given to Ps for his or her launch. However what about current titles? Will Bungie’s assist for the Future collection proceed unabated? or will the acquisition imply that they’re anticipated to focus their vitality on new titles for Sony as an alternative?
When the information of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard broke, many gamers had been involved for the way forward for franchises like Name of Obligation. Would Microsoft power the cross-platform franchise right into a console unique? For the second, the reply is fortunately no. Microsoft has introduced that Name of Obligation would keep on Ps consoles for the foreseeable future.
However what about Future? It’s exhausting to see this high-profile acquisition as something however a direct response to Microsoft’s deal. May Sony hearth the primary shot and declare Future as an unique franchise from this level on, even when it’d make Microsoft do the identical with CoD?
In a transfer designed to shortly tamp down on gamers’ fears, Bungie have put out a number of statements assuring followers that their video games aren’t going anyplace. An announcement on the studio web site reads: “We stay accountable for our future. We’ll proceed to independently publish and creatively develop our video games. We’ll proceed to drive one, unified Bungie neighborhood. Our video games will proceed to be the place our neighborhood is, wherever they select to play.
In a subsequent FAQ, Bungie reiterates “Our dedication to Future 2 as a multi-platform recreation with full Cross Play stays unchanged.”
Future’s long-term targets
So, what does Sony hope to get out of Bungie, if the corporate stays dedicated to Future 2 for the foreseeable future? Microsoft’s Blizzard acquisition gained them an entire host of franchises, whereas Bungie is generally targeted on their single IP. The reply appears to lie in high quality, not amount. Future is a powerful sci-fi world with vital name-recognition. It might nicely be that Sony plans to increase Future additional right into a full-blown multi-media franchise.
Properties made by Bungie have a confirmed track-record of in-built cinematic success. Halo has made the leap to TV, although time will inform if that results in important success or derision. However given the already cinematic scope and presentation of its universe, it wouldn’t be out of the query for Future to do the identical. Huge-budget franchise TV more and more appears to be like to be the following wave of leisure, and Sony might need to use a well-liked IP to interrupt into that marketplace for themselves.
No matter Sony’s general plans for Bungie, it’s clear that the corporate is betting massive. If this acquisition is a direct reply to Microsoft’s Sony clearly consider that Bungie’s present and future franchises will stay widespread sufficient to rival Name of Obligation and World of Warcraft, amongst others. This may increasingly simply be the start for the brand new console – or content material – wars, however they couldn’t have gotten off to a extra explosive begin.