Bungie parts ways with Activision and gets rights to self-publish Destiny

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership By Keshav Bhat

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership By Keshav Bhat

Talk from behind the scenes has often suggested a strained relationship between Activision and Bungie, ever since the deal for Destiny began in 2010. This new venture has high stakes right away, as Destiny is one of the world's biggest games. The original story follows below.

Activision and Bungie have announced they are parting ways, despite having almost two years still left on the original deal's clock, with Destiny following Bungie out of the door. The company also tells us that we'll see more seasonal experiences over the next few months, and there were also teases about surprise announcements, but of course, we'll have to wait for more details on those.

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'Looking ahead, we're excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. Activision, the company said Thursday, " will increase its focus on owned [intellectual property] and other projects".

Destiny is the biggest property Bungie has worked on since the studio hit it big with the Halo franchise on Microsoft's consoles. The developer explained that through the Forsaken expansion it has learned and listened to what players want from a great Destiny experience.

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According to reporting from Kotaku's Jason Schreier, Bungie executives informed its employees of the coming divorce at a team meeting held just moments ago. Perhaps the developer wishes to publish that game independently and it is leading to this decision.

Currently, Destiny 2 is playing host to Black Armory content and a final showdown with Siviks, wherein you can uncover the secrets of the Bergusia Forge and create powerful Exotic Weapons. We know self-publishing won't be easy; there's still much for us to learn as we grow as an independent, global studio, but we see unbounded opportunities and potential in Destiny. "We hope you'll join us there", concludes Bungie's statement.

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Call of Duty fans also have reason to be happy with the move as the series is now the lone owned IP of Activision, which could allow the company to give the franchise more attention moving forward.

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