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Ea Microsoft needs to buy Bungie.



I don't think MS will benefit somehow from making Destiny 3 Xbox exclusive. Looks like the game popularity decreased significantly between the first and second one which is the main reason why both Bungie and Activision became unhappy with such partnership.



 

God I hope Microsoft doesn't buy Bungie, Imo Destiny 1 and 2 have just shown me that they're a washed up developer now in terms of quality, obviously not sales although Destiny 2's popularity was decreasing and the player-base was quickly falling. Bungie is an 800+ man studio and could barely fix Destiny 2's problems from the sounds of it. Not to mention they'd cost a ton to purchase, They could most likely buy 3-4 good quality studios at the price they would get Bungie for, again, we're talking 800+ staff. All the studios Microsoft have purchased so far have barely hit the 200 mark.



Where is the writers that made halo reach at? Are they still with bungie?



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dx11332sega said:
Where is the writers that made halo reach at? Are they still with bungie?

Looks like Peter O'Brien was the Lead Writer for Halo Reach and it seems like he was only a freelance writer so not at Bungie. Lee Wilson was Story & Cinematic's lead too, he's now at V1 Interactive with Marcus Letho (Co-Creator of Halo) and Joseph Staten was Lead Writer of Halo CE, 2, ODST and Co-Writer for Reach, he is with Microsoft Game Studios Publishing.



Yeah, there is no good reason for MS to buy Bungie. They just aren't interested in Halo development anymore, so it's not like MS could just merge them with 343. Destiny popularity is dwindling, the whole MMO shooter thing was clearly a fad that is past it's peak (just look at Anthem's poor preorders), it has been passed by a new fad, Battle royale. Bungie clearly want to keep making Destiny sequels instead of working on Halo again or new IP, and Destiny sequels would be unlikely to be profitable any longer, looking at how high the budget was for Destiny 1 and at how much Destiny 2's sales were down by. Bungie is huge and would be an expensive purchase for MS, they could get multiple other studios for the same price, and there are other AAA independent developers they could buy that would probably cost less than Bungie that are much better options, such as Remedy, Gearbox, and Crytek. Hell, they could probably get CD Projekt for the same price as Bungie if they wanted to, and Bethesda for only a bit more. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 11 January 2019

shikamaru317 said:

Yeah, there is no good reason for MS to buy Bungie. They just aren't interested in Halo development anymore, so it's not like MS could just merge them with 343. Destiny popularity is dwindling, the whole MMO shooter thing was clearly a fad that is past it's peak (just look at Anthem's poor preorders), it has been passed by a new fad, Battle royale. Bungie clearly want to keep making Destiny sequels instead of working on Halo again or new IP, and Destiny sequels would be unlikely to be profitable any longer, looking at how high the budget was for Destiny 1 and at how much Destiny 2's sales were down by. Bungie is huge and would be an expensive purchase for MS, they could get multiple other studios for the same price, and there are other AAA independent developers they could buy that would probably cost less than Bungie that are much better options, such as Remedy, Gearbox, and Crytek. Hell, they could probably get CD Projekt for the same price as Bungie if they wanted to, and Bethesda for only a bit more. 

I'd argie that the sub genre is stil very healthy. Destiny 2 still averages well over 1m daily players, Warframe is as popular as ever, and The Division 2 is looking like it will be a big hit this year. Anthem just looks boring imo.



I don't think Bungie wants to be bought. They had reasons for leaving Microsoft a decade ago and they weren't even owned by Activision but clearly they hated being under them in any way. From what I read, both situations were cause for celebration within the studio once they parted ways. Don't look for Bungie to get involved with any more long term deals and certainly don't look for them to be acquired. They will most likely try to do what Insomniac has managed to pull off and avoid any such similar situations they were in like the plague.

The $100 million investment they got from NetEase to make an unannounced game should keep them afloat for awhile plus whatever they get out of their work with Activision. I don't think they'll have any problem securing investment for Destiny 3, especially since there seems to be a generally positive feeling about the direction Bungie is heading after this news. Though the ball is now in their court and Bungie has to prove that the issues with Destiny were more driven by their conflict with Activision than their own failures.



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Back in 2015 Microsoft wanted to get Bungie back. I think they are goign to buy them and split them into 3 teams.
Destiny 3 team
New IP team
Halo team to work with 343i.