Bungie Cutting Ties With Activision, Will Self-Publish Destiny Going Forward

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2019

Bungie has confirmed today that they have officially gained the publishing rights to the Destiny IP, ending their partnership with Activision.

We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny.

In a statement, Activision said "going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects". If the post made by the Bungie development team rings true, then hopefully we'll see Activision pour more effort into balancing games like Call of Duty and building its esports scene. 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.

It will be interesting to see now whether the next Destiny game - or even Destiny 2 - will rely less on micro-transactions. With Destiny 2 performing so well, Bungie felt that it was time to take the control completely. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world.

Furthermore, Cowen & Company mentioned a "growing divergence" between Activision and Bungie, with the Destiny series failing to attract the "recurring revenue stream" desired by the publishing behemoth. Destiny will now be published exclusively by Bungie. Rest assured there is more of that on the way...

Destiny 2 players on PC will also be able to breath easy with Blizzard announcing that the title will continue to receive full support on BattleNet and players won't notice any disruption in their service or gameplay. Here's to last year's dark clouds parting to make way for rain and light and life. The team seems committed to continuing Destiny and making it better than ever, but there's also the $100m deal they signed with NetEase past year to produce an original IP - of which se still know nothing about.

It's unclear just how much of Destiny's issues are down to Bungie and how much of the blame falls on Activision, but with a re-energised and less restrictive future to look forward to, hopefully Bungie can get back to making waves in the right ways like they used to. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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