Destiny exclusively in Bungie’s hands after split with Activision

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership By Keshav Bhat

Bungie has announced that its Destiny games will no longer be published by Activision. The Seattle-based team will now self-publish all expansions to the ongoing Destiny 2 and any future sequels.

The news came following a meeting between the two companies that saw an end their ten-year partnership early after eight years; Bungie left Microsoft and Xbox in 2010 after concluding their work on the Halo series. Bungie announced the news on Thursday via a blog post titled "Our destiny", in which the studio declared that plans were already in motion "for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny".

According to both Bungie and Activision, the move was a mutual one as the companies both look to focus on their own IPs to make the best products possible for their fans.

It doesn't sound like partnering with a different publisher is something Bungie is considering at the moment, though. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. Back in November, Activision COO Coddy Johnson said Destiny 2 was under performing and had not met the company's expectations, especially in terms of player engagement. We hope you'll join us there.

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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.

Reportedly, the relationship between Bungie and Activision has been strained for some time, and this is backed up by Kotaku's story on the situation. The studio is surely now one of the biggest independent developers out there, but going by numerous reports and whispers over the last few years, this is a position that Bungie is happy to find itself in. This will include more seasonal experiences in the upcoming months. Bungie clearly see this as a win, and now they'll have way more freedom as to how they develop their games, and what kind of business model they can adopt. It's hard to know exactly how much influence Activision had over the Destiny franchise, but if it was a significant amount, we might see Destiny change dramatically as a result of Bungie taking over publishing duties.

Blizzard Customer Service also confirmed on Twitter that Destiny 2 will continue to receive full support on BattleNet for PC players, and that no service or gameplay disruptions are expected.

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