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Sony, Microsoft game deals take battle further online

Bungie and Activision Blizzard have talent for mutliplayer megahits

Bungie's free-to-play shooter Destiny 2 is available on platforms including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PCs.   © Bungie

TOKYO -- Sony's purchase of Bungie, the game studio known for creating the Destiny and Halo franchises, signals a shift by the Japanese electronics and entertainment group to a far bigger audience beyond its PlayStation-focused strategy.

Sony's announcement of the $3.6 billion deal, its largest gaming-related acquisition, comes on the heels of Microsoft announcing a $68.7 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard.

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