Bungie was one of the first game studios to publicly support women’s “basic health care rights” after a drafting decision indicated the U.S. Supreme Court intended to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. Sony, on the other hand, completely failed its attempt to avoid any controversy, and while it ultimately tried to clean up the mess it created, it did so in one of the strangest ways, donating a relatively paltry sum to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Program Donate. It also refused to approve “any statement made by any studio on the subject of reproductive rights.”
That’s led some fans to wonder about a potential ideological clash between the two, and whether Sony will “seal” the studio to avoid making a splash among gamers when it buys Bungie for $3.6 billion in January. But that’s obviously not a problem.
“We are, and will continue to be, Bungie,” tweeted senior community manager dmg04. “There will never be a big enough ‘muzzle’ to stop us from standing up for the right thing.
“This needs to be proven over time, but we will continue to strengthen our pillars and culture. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I feel that with the talent we have and the passion they bring (not just making games) , but to improve the industry.)”
This will need to be proven over time, but we will continue to strengthen our pillars and culture. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I feel like we’re on the right track with the talent and passion we have to bring them to (not just making games, but improving the industry.)May 17, 2022
Dmg04 admits he’s “just the CM in the big plan”, so apparently he can’t make policy for Bungie. But his statement was affirmed by Bungie CEO Pete Parsons, so he’s someone capable of making those calls: Parsons retweeted dmg04’s brief post, then replied simply, “yes. “
Bungie has its own problems to deal with: IGN Parsons apologized in late 2021 for reports revealing allegations of sexism and toxicity at the studio.But it’s also outspoken in support of highly visible political issues, including cross power, Black Lives Matter, and opposed the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It remains to be seen whether Sony will commit to operating Bungie as an “independent subsidiary” post-acquisition, but now I’m happy to see the studio make its case early and forcefully.