A senior community manager at Bungie has eased concerns of the studio being “gagged” by Sony.
Sony has been angered by comments from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who reportedly emailed staff telling them to “respect differences of opinion” on abortion rights shortly after the plans were made public. to overturn Roe v. Wade. It only got worse for PlayStation after Insomniac president Ted Price revealed that Sony will not “approve any statement” on reproductive rights after the studio pushed to make its own statement. Price claimed that Insomniac “fought hard for this and we didn’t win.”
Because of this stance, many turned their heads to Bungie, the first video game developer to speak out in favor of women’s right to choose. Earlier this year it was announced that Sony would be acquiring Bungie, so many began to wonder if the developer might be restricted from making statements on social media in the future. One of these people was YouTuber Skill Up, who was concerned that Sony might “muzzle Bungie” once the acquisition crossed the line.
Well, it looks like we don’t have to worry, at least according to a senior Dmg04 community manager (thanks GamesRadar). In response to Skill Up’s initial tweet, Dmg04 explains that “there will never be a ‘muzzle’ big enough to stop us from standing up for what’s right” and that the studio will “continue to strengthen our pillars and culture” in the future. As Dmg04 points out, he’s just a community manager and probably won’t have much of a say in what happens further up the chain of command.
However, it seems that the higher-ups also share the same sentiment, as Bungie CEO Pete Parsons said. responded to Dmg04’s statement with a short but sweet “Yes”. Thankfully, there seems to be a uniform commitment at Bungie to continue releasing statements about major political decisions and that the studio won’t be affected like the rest of Sony’s subsidiaries.
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