Bungie has been one of the most outspoken studios in the industry regarding abortion rights in the United States. This, of course, puts an even bigger tag on a internal messaging sent by Sony CEO Jim Ryan, in which he urged employees to “respect differences of opinion” on the issue. This is because PlayStation intends to acquire the Fate developer by the end of the year.
In a fast-paced story, The Washington Post recently reported on an internal memo sent by Insomniac Games President Ted Price, in which he revealed to staff that PlayStation was blocking its first-party studios from commenting on the issue of reproductive rights. This, ultimately, stands in stark contrast to Bungie’s public stance, making the situation particularly awkward for all parties.
With all of the above in mind, YouTuber SkillUp posted a tweet in which he pointed out that it would be “really lame if Sony muzzled Bungie in [the] future.” This was spotted by a community manager at the studio, who said that “there will never be a ‘muzzle’ big enough to keep us from standing up for what’s right.” Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons then simply replied “Yes” to the message.
It’s the latest development in a story that has snowballed for Sony and its boss Jim Ryan, though it’s worth noting that PlayStation will match a $50,000 donation to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. , originally promised by Insomniac Games. It also plans to implement practices to help provide financial assistance and support to employees who may have to travel out of state for reproductive care.