A senior community manager at Bungie has allayed concerns that the studio is being “muzzled” by Sony.
Sony has been outraged by comments from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who reportedly sent an email to staff telling them to “respect differing opinions” about abortion rights shortly after plans to topple Roe v. Wade became public. created. Things only got worse for PlayStation after Insomniac president Ted Price revealed that Sony “doesn’t endorse any statement” about reproductive rights after the studio pushed for its own statement. Price claimed that Insomniac “fought hard for this and didn’t win.”
Because of this attitude, many turned their heads to Bungie, the first video game developer to speak out in support of women’s rights to choose. Earlier this year it was announced that Bungie will be acquired by Sony, so many began to wonder if the developer would be restricted from making statements on social media in the future. One of these individuals was YouTuber Skill Up, who feared Sony would “muzzle” Bungie once the takeover crosses the line.
Well, it seems we have nothing to worry about, at least according to a senior community manager Dmg04 (thanks GamesRadar† Commenting on Skill Up’s first tweet, Dmg04 explains that “there will never be a “snout” big enough to keep us from standing up for what’s right” and that the studio “will keep our pillars and culture will continue to strengthen in the future”. As Dmg04 points out, he’s just a community manager and probably won’t have much to say about what’s going on higher up the chain of command.
However, it seems that the same sentiment is also shared by the higher echelons, such as Pete Parsons, CEO of Bungie responded to Dmg04’s statement with a short but sweet “Yes”. Fortunately, there appears to be a unified commitment to Bungie to issue statements about major political decisions and that the studio will not be affected like the rest of Sony’s subsidiaries.
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