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Bungie Denies Acquisition Talks With Microsoft Are Happening

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Talks of Microsoft potentially acquiring Bungie, Destiny and former Halo developer, are circulating--but they aren't true, according to Bungie. Initially, VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb spoke on the GamesBeat podcast about hearing that Microsoft and Bungie were in discussions, but that the two companies could not agree on a sale price. Eurogamer then corroborated this, saying it too had heard of such discussions taking place.

However, the CEO of Bungie, Pete Parsons, took to Twitter to succinctly declare the news false. A member of Bungie's community team also requested that people use Bungie's new logo when "circulating gossip" about the company.

Bungie recently left a publishing deal with Activision, ending a 10-year partnership earlier than expected, and is currently independent. In an Activision earnings report, the company explained why it broke off from Bungie. While describing the split as a "mutual amicable agreement," chief operating officer Coddy Johnson stated, "Destiny is highly critically acclaimed, high quality content, but it was not meeting our financial expectations."

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