Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Bungie and Activision Call It Quits, Bungie Keeps Destiny

Bungie and Activision Call It Quits, Bungie Keeps Destiny

Even though it seems that Bungie will want to stay the course immediately following its break with Activision, it'll still be interesting to see where things go from here.

Either way, self-publishing will bring its own challenges, and sales of Destiny 2 haven't been what Bungie or Activision hoped for.

However, the firm observed that the split is likely to benefit Destiny going forward. Bungie will receive full publishing and intellectual property rights for their popular Destiny franchise, which came as a shock to many.

"We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny", Bungie continued.

Best known for its development of the Marathon first-person shooter franchise and its spiritual successor Halo, Bungie Software was acquired by Microsoft back in 2000 - a deal which turned what was to be a cross-platform title, the original Halo, into an exclusive for Microsoft's at-the-time shiny new Xbox console.

Bungie says the planned transition process is already in its early stages and that both sides are committed to making the handoff as seamless as possible. The existing Destiny roadmap will be followed and "we're looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months".

In a statement, Activision said, "Today, we're announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise".

"Rest assured there is more of that on the way". The team seems committed to continuing Destiny and making it better than ever, but there's also the $100m deal they signed with NetEase past year to produce an original IP - of which se still know nothing about.

As Bungie takes over complete control of Destiny, Activision will increase it's focus on its other IPs. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

When developing Destiny, Bungie said it had a vision, but didn't have the means to launch a game of such magnitude. On the other hand, parting on good terms leaves the door open for a new partnership in the future for whatever comes after Destiny. Here's where we will see what Bungie is really all about, especially with Destiny 3 slated for 2020.

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