The games division of Delight Works, which is the team responsible for Destiny / Grand Order, was purchased by Aniplex. Prior to the purchase, the games division will be transformed into a separate company, which will then become a wholly owned subsidiary of Aniplex, which in turn is owned by Sony. Aniplex has been the publisher of the game since its first release, but now the game and its developer will be owned by Sony. It’s a bit early to tell, but it could indicate that the company is looking to make big strides in the mobile gaming department. At the moment, it is not known how much the purchase will cost.
For those who don’t know Destiny / Grand Order, the free-to-play game released in Japan in 2015 and North America in 2017. Over the past six years, the game has grown into one of the highest-grossing mobile titles in the world, grossing billions every year. The game has also inspired spin-offs (including one for PlayStation VR), anime, manga, and even plays.
Mobile gaming has grown exponentially over the past decade. There are plenty of reasons some players don’t like it, including how quickly microtransactions can add up. Indeed, microtransactions in Destiny / Grand Order led to reports of incredible spending in the game; a 2018 Wall Street Journal report featured a man who spent $ 70,000! This type of expenditure remains a great source of controversy, but given the income that Destiny / Grand Order saw, it’s not hard to see why they are so attractive to companies like Sony.
As Aniplex has been involved in the game from the start, Destiny / Grand Order fans can sleep easy; the change in ownership is unlikely to result in any major changes to the game itself. However, it will be interesting to see if this leads PlayStation to invest more in the overall mobile gaming market.
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