Bungie Boss Says Sony Acquisition Won’t ‘Silence’ Studio’s Political Views

Bungie was one of the first game studios to speech in support of “essential health rights” for women following the leak of a wording decision indicating that the US Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. Sony, on the other hand, totally fiasco an attempt to avoid any controversy, and while he eventually tried to clean up the mess he had made, he did so in the strangest way possible, making a Donation to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, while refusing to sanction “ANY statements by any studio on the subject of reproductive rights”.

That has led some fans to wonder about a potential ideological conflict between the two, and whether Sony – which acquired Bungie for $3.6 billion in January – would “fuck up” the studio to avoid making waves with gamers. But this, apparently, is not a concern.

“We are and will continue to be Bungie,” tweeted senior community manager dmg04. “There will never be a ‘snout’ big enough to stop us from standing up for what’s right.

“This needs to be proven over time, but we continue to strengthen our pillars and culture year after year. There is a lot more work to be done, but I feel we are on the right track with the talent we have and the passion they bring (not only making games but improving the industry).”

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Dmg04 admitted that he is “just a CM in the grand scheme” and clearly he is in no position to set policy for Bungie. But his statement was confirmed by Pete Parsons, the CEO of Bungie and therefore a guy who is in a position to make these calls: Parsons retweeted dmg04’s brief thread and then replied simply: “Yes.”

Bungie has its own issues to deal with: IGN report revealed allegations of sexism and toxicity at the studio, for which Parsons apologized in late 2021. But he also spoke out in support of highly visible policy issues, including trans rights, Black lives matterand opposition to Russian invasion of Ukraine. It remains to be seen how far Sony will go with its pledge to allow Bungie to operate as “an independent subsidiary” after the acquisition, but for now I’m happy to see the studio taking its stand early and forcefully.

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