In a volcanic announcement from Bungie, it seems their partnership with Activision will be phasing out after eight tense years.
It’s no small secret that Bungie and Activision have had tension between each other since their partnership began back in 2010. Bungie had always had a ton of creative freedom at Microsoft with the Halo series and had a powerhouse dev team when they left. So it’s no surprise when they teamed up with Activision for their next venture, Destiny, that they weren’t exactly happy with all of the constraints placed on them. From reasons like annualized releases to a new installment in the Destiny franchise every other year, as outlined here, one can see where Bungie may have issues with their new deeply needed publisher.
Despite all of the rocky issues they’ve had, it seems the transition between the two will be somewhat civil. Bungie will reportedly be keeping all of the publishing rights to the franchise. On top of that, they will be publishing the game entirely on their own. This would be a huge move for the company allowing them to develop and publish completely on their own terms. Especially with another new IP supposedly in the works.
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.
Work on Destiny 2 will continue as normal and Bungie assures that it will follow its roadmap for upcoming content on the game. Players can expect more updates in the coming months, as well as “some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.”