Bungie parts away from Activision but keeps publishing rights of Destiny

Bungie, the studio which is best known for it's Halo and Destiny franchise is once again an independent game studio.

After eight long years of sour developer-publisher relationship, Bungie parts away from Activision. Bungie is now a truely independent entity which is a good thing for both gamers and the company.

in a blog post, the company said

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

After spliting away from Microsoft, Bungie needed a publisher to develop their new game. Enter Activision, the publisher struck a deal that said Bungie have to develop four games over 10 years for $500 million.

The first fruit of that deal was Destiny, which first launched in September 2014. but due to the rocky developer-publisher relation, the expansions and updates to the game were not that smooth. The most recent installment of the franchise is Destiny 2: Forsaken, which is beloved by players but failed to meet Activision’s expectation.

The end result is divorce. Which in my opinion is a good thing. Because now Bungie will not have the pressure of a deadline and will have creative freedom of an independent game studio. They will not release a half backed game anymore. Destiny 3 will be released when it’s ready which is a good thing for gamers too. win-win.

Twitter Reaction:

In a tweet, Phil Spencer (VP of gaming at Microsoft) welcomed the news and shared his excitement to work with his favorite independent studio.

Source: Bungie, Twitter



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