Bungie splits with Activision to self-publish Destiny


Coming to the conclusion that it was in the best interest of both parties not to continue their agreed contract over Destiny - which saw Activision publish the property - it's Bungie who now owns the sci-fi shooter.

We don't know if it was bound to happen, but it did-publisher Activision Blizzard and developer Bungie have split up. At the time, a 10-year exclusive publishing deal was announced, though Bungie has maintained its independence as a studio outside of this. In the official statement, Bungie says, "With Activision, we created something special". The game had several expansions that kept fans addicted before launching Destiny 2 in 2017. 'We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny.

In a statement, Activision said "going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects". The PC version-which operates using the Activision-owned Blizzard Battle.net launcher-will "still receive full support on BattleNet and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services or your gameplay experience", Blizzard confirmed.

Despite impressive hype, Destiny did not turn into the stellar success Bungie and Activision predicted, and the company's missteps continued with its sequel.

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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". 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. Rest assured there is more of that on the way...

While the announcement may have come as a surprise to some, this was probably inevitable, given the tensions that developed following the release of Destiny 2 and the Forsaken expansion.

The research firm noted that the initial agreement was for a new Destiny game to launch every two years, although obviously this changed following the release of the first game, with Destiny 2 arriving three years later.