Sony Interactive Leisure CEO Jim Ryan has stated that the Bungie buyout will not be the final acquisition we see from the corporate.
Sony’s $3.6 billion purchase of the Future developer got here as an enormous shock this week, however Ryan was fast to level out that it wasn’t a knee-jerk response to Microsoft’s juggernaut acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
“These conversations have been a lot of months in gestation, and definitely pre-date the exercise that now we have seen this yr,” Ryan instructed GamesIndustry. “From our perspective, that is actually doing what feels proper for PlayStation, and what we really feel is the fitting factor to do to drive PlayStation to locations we have by no means been earlier than.”
Bungie’s Peter Parsons added: “This had nothing to do with business consolidation. This had every thing to do with a shared imaginative and prescient and the way we might do issues higher collectively.”
The deal was within the works for the previous 5/6 months. Its not a response to the Take-Two/Zynga or Microsoft/Activision offers.January 31, 2022
On the subject of scooping up extra studios to plonk in PlayStation’s basket, Ryan stated that is one thing that can undoubtedly be occurring. “We should always completely anticipate extra. We’re under no circumstances carried out. With PlayStation, now we have a protracted option to go. I’ll personally be spending loads of my time with Pete and the workforce at Bungie, serving to ensure that every thing beds down proper and that autonomy means autonomy. However elsewhere within the organisation, now we have many extra strikes to make.”
Ryan’s power very a lot matches that of Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who stated in October 2021 that the corporate was “definitely not done” buying studios. “There is no quota. There is no type of timeline the place I’ve to go purchase studios by a sure time,” he stated throughout a Wall Road Journal Tech Dwell occasion. “But when we discover a studio the place now we have an excellent match, we share what we’re attempting to go do and what they’re attempting to go do, and if we really feel we are able to each get higher collectively, completely.”
The Sony-Bungie partnership is the third main acquisition in below a month. Except for Microsoft’s $68.7 billion buy of Activision-Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive purchased out the cellular and social developer Zynga for $12.7 billion at first of January.