Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Bungie splits with Activision to self-publish Destiny

Bungie splits with Activision to self-publish Destiny

Activision and Bungie have announced they are parting ways, despite having almost two years still left on the original deal's clock, with Destiny following Bungie out of the door. The Seattle-based team will now self-publish all expansions to the ongoing Destiny 2 and any future sequels. Bungie's statement about the split is fulsome in its praise of Activision: "When we first launched our partnership with Activision in 2010, the gaming industry was in a pretty different place". Looking ahead, we're excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. In a statement posted to Twitter, Activision said it "will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects" now that Destiny is off its roster.

Over an eight-year period with Activision, Destiny built a community over 10 million strong across various platforms.

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. Here's to you, to us, and to all of the adventures that await in 2019.

Activision's stake in the franchise's development saw them assume plenty of creative control.

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Forsaken has been something of a renaissance and delivered what players wanted from the second game's launch, which must have compelled Bungie to cut the chord. However, publisher and developer are now parting ways. While it's hard to separate decisions made by Bungie versus Activision, some players anxious that the latter's influence on the game had resulted in the heavy push of Eververse. This will include more seasonal experiences in the upcoming months.

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.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens, but regardless, this is certainly an exciting announcement. It's hard to know exactly how much influence Activision had over the Destiny franchise, but if it was a significant amount, we might see Destiny change dramatically as a result of Bungie taking over publishing duties.

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