Bungie Breaks Up with Activision, Keeping Rights to Destiny

Isaac Cain
January 13, 2019

When developing Destiny, Bungie said it had a vision, but didn't have the means to launch a game of such magnitude.

While Bungie retained full creative control of the IP in their contract - hypothetically, at least - Activision will have been in control of the release schedule and financial strategy of the franchise until now. The game had several expansions that kept fans addicted before launching Destiny 2 in 2017.

"With Forsaken, we've learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience". In a statement posted to Twitter, Activision said it "will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects" now that Destiny is off its roster.

"The 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", Bungie wrote. Rest assured there is more of that on the way...

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Bungie will keep working on Destiny 2 and will continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap. Here's to last year's dark clouds parting to make way for rain and light and life. Bungie told employees during a team meeting this afternoon, framing it as fantastic news for a studio that has long grown sick of dealing with its publisher. Head down to the comments section and let us know! We hope you'll join us there. There is now no word on whether Destiny will remain on the Blizzard's Battle.net launcher, an integration that happened in October of 2017.

Bungie just announced some big news for it and the Destiny franchise, revealing that it's breaking with Activision and will assume full publishing duties on the series.

Forsaken has been something of a renaissance and delivered what players wanted from the second game's launch, which must have compelled Bungie to cut the chord.

Destiny 3 could come out sooner rather than later, following the split between Activision and Bungie. While it's hard to separate decisions made by Bungie versus Activision, some players anxious that the latter's influence on the game had resulted in the heavy push of Eververse. "Excited to see how they continue to grow and evolve Destiny".

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