Bungie Splits With Activision And Takes Control Over Destiny
A surprise announcement out of Activision reveals that it is parting ways with Destiny 2 developer Bungie. The studio will retain control of the shared-world sci-fi shooter going forward. Bungie and publisher Activision are bringing their eight-year Destiny partnership to a close. The developer announced today that it will acquire publishing rights to the shooter franchise from Activision, and will publish future games on its own.
Thank you Guardians. It’s been an honor and a privilege to help bring the world of Destiny to life for you. pic.twitter.com/EB1y19OTD8
— Activision (@Activision) January 10, 2019
“Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise,” Activision and Bungie said in a join statement. “Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects. Activision and Bungie are committed to a seamless transition for the Destiny franchise and will continue to work closely together during the transition on behalf of the community of Destiny players around the world.”
Tensions between Bungie and Activision have been simmering for awhile, as evidenced late last year when Activision said that Destiny 2: Forsaken wasn’t “performing as well” as it it had hoped. Game director Luke Smith responded publicly by saying, “We are not disappointed with Forsaken. We set out to build a game that Destiny players would love, and at Bungie, we love it too.”
Fast forward to now, and this statement from Activision: “Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise. Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects.
Blizzard has announced that Destiny 2 will remain on Battle.net despite the lack of Activision ties:
Destiny 2 will still receive full support on BattleNet and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services or your gameplay experience. https://t.co/FFOE1iae3R
— BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) January 10, 2019
Bungie has confirmed via a longer blog post that “We’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months, as well as surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.”
Bungie and Activision originally entered a publishing partnership in April 2010. At the time, a 10-year exclusive publishing deal was announced, though Bungie has maintained its independence as a studio outside of this.
Prior to this agreement, Bungie left Microsoft in 2007 in order to become an independent company, ultimately leaving publishing rights for Halo in Microsoft’s control.
It’s going to be very interesting seeing how all this pans out.