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Ben Borthwick by on Feb 1, 2022

PlayStation’s Jim Ryan says Bungie deal is about live services and a multiplatform future

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has spoken on the company’s deal to buy Bungie for $3.6 billion USD, announced last night.

In an extensive interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Ryan expanded upon Sony’s reasoning for the deal. “We are starting to go multiplatform, you’ve seen that,” he continues. “We have an aggressive road map with live services. And the opportunity to work with, and particularly learn from, the brilliant and talented people from Bungie… that is going to considerably accelerate the journey we find ourselves on. Philosophically, this isn’t about pulling things into the PlayStation world. This is about building huge and wonderful new worlds together.”

Part of this, it seems, is a desire to leverage Bungie’s work on big live service games like Destiny. “I would back us to do [live-service games] ourselves, but when you have the potential to have a partner like Bungie who has been there, done it all before, learned the lessons and have got this wonderful, brilliant team who is there and has the potential to help us… we think we can take something that would have taken a certain number of years, and significantly decrease the time it will take to get it right.”

PlayStation were quite busy on the acquisition front in 2021. They nabbed Housemarque, Bluepoint, Firesprite, NixxesValkyrie Entertainment to name a few. While the PlayStation Bungie deal kicks off 2022 in a big way, Ryan implies the company isn’t finished shopping yet. “We should absolutely expect more. We are by no means done.”

“With PlayStation, we have a long way to go. I will personally be spending a lot of my time with Pete and the team at Bungie, helping make sure that everything beds down right and that autonomy means autonomy. But elsewhere in the organisation, we have many more moves to make.”

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