Today Sony Computer Interactive Entertainment announced that has the developer Bungie for 3.6 billion dollars. Bungie is the studio known for creating the sci-fi shooter franchises Halo and Destiny.
Currently Bungie will continue to operate as an independent studio releasing their titles on multiple platforms. In the sale announcement post Bungie commented:
We remain in charge of our destiny. We will continue to independently publish and creatively develop our games. We will continue to drive one, unified Bungie community. Our games will continue to be where our community is, wherever they choose to play.
This sale comes weeks after Microsoft announced that they were purchasing Activision Blizzard. Industry insiders speculated that Sony would respond by purchasing a studio, however Bungie was not one of the top contenders in discussion so this move comes as somewhat surprising.