Bungie to self-publish Destiny after shock Activision split

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership

A few years later they teamed up with Activision on a 10-year contract to make Destiny, but ahead of that contract's expiration date, the two companies have agreed to part ways.

In a monster move in the video game world, Bungie announced they are splitting up from Activision. The original story follows below. Not only did they announce their split from Activision, but they also acquired the rights to the Destiny franchise. The transition of publishing from Activision to developer Bungie will be "as seamless as possible".

"When we first launched our partnership with Activision in 2010, the gaming industry was in a pretty different place", Bungie said in a statement. In a blog post published today - appropriately titled "Our Destiny" - Bungie announced "plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie", which will give the studio full ownership and control of the IP. Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects. The developer explained that through the Forsaken expansion it has learned and listened to what players want from a great Destiny experience. Players can look forward to the next two expansions for Destiny 2 this year. Here's to you, to us, and to all of the adventures that await in 2019. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope.

Unofficially, Bungie employees were apparently elated at the news, with Kotaku reporting that developers were cheering and popping champagne when the annoucement was made at their offices. Activision has been on a cost-cutting spree of late, including disquieting reports of cost cuts at Blizzard that could impact future game development.

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Activision tweeted a statement similar to but much more concise than Bungie's.

But the split does put Activision in a hard position as the company has always relied on a very small number of big-name games, rather than the more varied portfolios of other publishers.

It will be very interesting to see how Destiny is shaped from here.

Cowen and Company also think the decision is best for the future of Destiny as a franchise.

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