Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership By Keshav Bhat

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership By Keshav Bhat

In one of the most unexpected moves in quite some time, Bungie announced that it will be exclusively publishing the Destiny franchise after splitting with Activision. 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". SEC Activision said, "Bungie (will) assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise". After Bungie left the Halo series, they teamed up with Activision to bring the world Destiny.

Activision has reportedly been at odds with Bungie for some time - the entire eight-year span of their partnership, according to some correspondents.

There's no specified date as to when Bungie's transition to full independence will be completed, but it's "already underway in its early stages".

Taking on the challenge of publishing Destiny will be a new experience for Bungie, which will also find itself without a fairly convenient scapegoat. Head down to the comments section and let us know! Back in November, Activision COO Coddy Johnson said Destiny 2 was under performing and had not met the company's expectations, especially in terms of player engagement. Here's to you, to us, and to all of the adventures that await in 2019.

All eyes will be on Activision Blizzard Inc to see if they can manage a profit this year with less IP than before. However, publisher and developer are now parting ways. What else is in store for Destiny 2 beyond the current roadmap is unknown, but it's possible Bungie will aim to publish a third Destiny game on its own in the future.

Bungie was also hosted through Activision's Blizzard.net platform, though the Blizzard Customer Service Twitter account confirmed this wouldn't change. This will include more seasonal experiences in the upcoming months.

Destiny Game Director Luke Smith followed up the announcements with a statement of his own reassuring fans that they will be committed to "building Destiny for players who love it". 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.

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