Bungie splits from Activision, takes Destiny with it

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership

Following the news that Bungie has gained the full rights to Destiny after announcing their very public split with Activision, things are continuing to look a little grimmer for the big-name company. Well, the problem seems to have been the sales of Destiny 2.

Bungie has been a major force in the video game industry ever since they launched the iconic Halo franchise in 2001.

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. Considering the number of high-profile executives who have left Activision, including the co-founder and former president of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime, leaving the company entirely in April, Bungie got out at the right time.

That in turn may offer a lifeline for internal studios such as Vicarious Visions and High Moon Studios, who are now working on Destiny content.

Destiny 2: Forsaken appears to have been the final straw, with Activision thoroughly displeased with revenue and Bungie sick of being told what to do. The existing Destiny roadmap will be followed and "we're looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months". The game had several expansions that kept fans addicted before launching Destiny 2 in 2017.

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Though they mentioned they "enjoyed" their 8-year run with Activision, Bungie is ready to have the Destiny name fully in their grasp once more. After two games and multiple expansions, they've realized that is not the publisher they needed.

In Bungie's new statement regarding the split, it stated, "With Forsaken, we've learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience".

The move has been met with widespread praise from the Destiny community as many feel that now Bungie will have full creative control over the popular franchise. Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects.

Bungie has announced in a post on its website that it will now independently publish Destiny. We hope you'll join us there.

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