Bungie has announced that it has split with Activision and will self-publish its Destiny franchise in the future.
In a statement on its website, the Bellevue, Washington developer said: “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. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.”
The move surprised many, since when Bungie hooked up with Activision in 2010, it announced a ten-year partnership between the two companies in which, crucially, Bungie would retain control of the Destiny IP. Bungie’s statement about the split is fulsome in its praise of Activision: “When we first launched our partnership with Activision in 2010, the gaming industry was in a pretty different place. As an independent studio setting out to build a brand new experience, we wanted a partner willing to take a big leap of faith with us. We had a vision for Destiny that we believed in, but to launch a game of that magnitude, we needed the support of an established publishing partner. With Activision, we created something special.”
Among those to respond positively to the move was Microsoft’s executive vice-president of gaming. He tweeted in response to Bungie’s announcement: “Looking forward to a very bright future working with one of my favorite independent studios on one of my favorite franchises. Excited to see how they continue to grow and evolve Destiny.”
Bungie’s statement reassures Destiny fans that: “The planned 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.” For further news, keep an eye on Bungie’s website.