Destiny 2 developer Bungie says it will “never” simply stick to games, defending a pro-choice statement it released as the United States grapples with a leaked Supreme Court decision that would overturn longstanding abortion rights.
In a post (opens in new tab) upholding “essential healthcare rights,” Bungie described the leaked draft as “a blow to freedom in America and a direct attack on human rights.” The studio called for supporters to donate to pro-choice organizations including URGE (opens in new tab), the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (opens in new tab), and the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation (opens in new tab).
Bungie shared its statement on Twitter (opens in new tab), declaring that “standing up for reproductive choice and liberty is not a difficult decision to make.” It was also quick to shut down users arguing the studio has no business meddling in politically charged situations.
“Can we just stick to making video games?” asked one user. Bungie’s response was clear-cut:
Never.May 4, 2022
Similarly, a user with a toaster as their Twitter profile picture flatly declared “you are a video game company” in response to Bungie’s post, prompting a no-doubt amused Bungie community manager to reply (opens in new tab), “You are a toaster.”
This isn’t the first time Bungie’s leveraged its platform to advocate for charity initiatives or social justice. In June 2020, the studio released a Black Lives Matter pin with proceeds supporting racial justice, and earlier this March, it followed companies including like Sony and Microsoft in halting sales in Russia amid the country’s ongoing attack on Ukraine.
“We’ve chosen our side and it wasn’t difficult,” Bungie said in another recent tweet (opens in new tab). “Our company values exist beyond our games.”
Earlier this year, Bungie was acquired by Sony for $3.6 billion.