Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Industry | By Dora Warner

Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny

Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny

SEC Activision said, "Bungie (will) assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise". The Seattle-based team will now self-publish all expansions to the ongoing Destiny 2 and any future sequels. Bungie will receive full publishing and intellectual property rights for their popular Destiny franchise, which came as a shock to many.

As Bungie takes over complete control of Destiny, Activision will increase it's focus on its other IPs.

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'Destiny was a worthwhile attempt by Activision to build another cornerstone franchise, one that just didn't quite pan out as they had hoped (underlining once again the high difficulty of creating and managing a successful live service game business), in our view'.

Bungie says the planned transition process is already in its early stages and that both sides are committed to making the handoff as seamless as possible.

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Of course, the tweets have sparked rumours of Bungie re-joining Microsoft for the first time since its 2007 split, however the likelihood of that is questionable. Destiny will now be published exclusively by Bungie. The developer explained that through the Forsaken expansion it has learned and listened to what players want from a great Destiny experience.

In a blog post announcing the split, Bungie suggests that things will proceed as normal from here, noting that it plans to stick with the "existing Destiny roadmap".

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Destiny 2: Forsaken appears to have been the final straw, with Activision thoroughly displeased with revenue and Bungie sick of being told what to do. "Excited to see how they continue to grow and evolve Destiny". Destiny 2 was criticized by a lot for its micro-transactions and now that Activision is out of the picture, we're really looking forward to see what Bungie will do with them. There had been rumours that the relationship has been fraught with creative differences often cited - it's also reported that Bungie employees loudly cheered when they heard the news that they were parting from Activision and going independent. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope.

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