With Microsoft dropping $7.5 billion to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks recently, it feels like anything can happen. Which studio might they buy next?

Well of course Bungie would be an obvious one. Going back to the glorious days of the OG Xbox with Halo, Microsoft have had a close working relationship with the company. But it seems whenever this rumour raises its head, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons is at hand to trample it underfoot. The last time this happened was only two weeks ago.

So here we are again with a report from Game Rant who claim that signs point to Microsoft acquiring Bungie. Shortly after the erroneous report was published today, good old Pete was there to deny it as succinctly as possible:

History lesson. Bungie originally split off from Microsoft back in 2007 before signing a 10-year deal with Activision in 2010, recently described by former Halo and Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell as "not a marriage made in heaven at all."

That deal has since expired, with the two companies parting ways back in January of last year. Destiny 2 is now entirely self-published by Bungie, with multi-year plans for the game in the pipeline.

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