After eight long years of sour developer-publisher relationship, Bungie parts away from Activision. Bungie is now a
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
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
In a tweet, Phil Spencer (VP of gaming at Microsoft) welcomed the news and shared his excitement to work with his favorite independent studio.