It seems like gaming is becoming more interesting and competitive as of late especially considering Sony’s recent acquisition of Bungie for $3.6 billion. There is no question that Sony’s purchase of Bungie was a response to Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $70 billion this past month. While future games within the Call Of Duty series are likely to be Xbox exclusives; Sony is determined to lock down Destiny series for the PS5. Its no secret that Activision Blizzard has produced a greater volume of high profile games than Bungie has over the past decade. However, Destiny 2 is one of Bungie’s most successful video games of the past decade in relation to commercial success. Also, Bungie is the same developer that is responsible for the Halo series from 2001-2009 before 343 Industries took over.
While seeing future Halo games exclusively on Sony is exciting there are some analysts who believe this acquisition could be troublesome for gamers. Sony’s acquisition of Bungie means that future Halo and Destiny games are going to appear as PS5 exclusives. The average price of a PS5 in retail ranges from $500-$1000 which is very expensive especially considering the issues regarding inflation within the United States economy. Despite, how expensive the PlayStation 5 is America retailers constantly have to restock Sony’s consoles every other month because they are selling out very quickly.
However, Sony’s acquisition of Bungie means that Xbox Series X owners will no longer be able to play future games within the Halo series unless they purchase a PlayStation 5. PlayStation 5 owners will no longer be able to play future Call Of Duty games unless they own the Xbox Series X. The recent acquisitions made by both Sony & Microsoft creates a dilemma for current generation gamers; especially those who are huge fans of first-person shooters. However, it should noted that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is currently being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. One has to wonder if the FTC plans on going after Sony next following their $3.6 billon of Bungie.