Bungie Splits from Activision and Takes over Rights for Destiny
In very surprising news, Bungie has split from publisher Activision and will now not only develop, but also self-publish the Destiny series from here on out. The split ends the 10-year deal between the developer and publisher about mid-way through the partnership.
Ever since Destiny was monetised with micro-transactions in the first game, fans have been split on who was to blame for putting a damper on their beloved series. Now the ball seems to be totally in Bungie’s court, it will be interesting to see if any of Destiny 2’s monetisation changes or remains the same going forward.
However, Destiny 2 will still remain on Blizzard.net for PC players, so your game will not be impacted on that platform. Activision also took to Twitter to release a brief statement on the split.
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
Regardless of what happens from now, it will be very interesting to see what the future holds for the Destiny series. But for me personally, as much as I have enjoyed my time playing Destiny over the years, I just wish that Bungie will go back to developing Halo. However, what do you make of this split? Let us know across our social media channels. You can also read the statement from Bungie below.
When we first launched our partnership with Activision in 2010, the gaming industry was in a pretty different place. As an independent studio setting out to build a brand new experience, we wanted a partner willing to take a big leap of faith with us. We had a vision for Destiny that we believed in, but to launch a game of that magnitude, we needed the support of an established publishing partner.
With Activision, we created something special. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world. More importantly, we’ve also witnessed a remarkable community – tens of millions of Guardians strong – rise up and embrace Destiny, to play together, to make and share memories, and even to do truly great things that reach far beyond the game we share, to deliver a positive impact on people’s everyday lives.
We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.
The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible.
With Forsaken, we’ve learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience. Rest assured there is more of that on the way. 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.
Thank you so much for your continued support. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. We know self-publishing won’t be easy; there’s still much for us to learn as we grow as an independent, global studio, but we see unbounded opportunities and potential in Destiny. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope. We hope you’ll join us there.
See you starside.