Developer Bungie has separated from publisher Activision after completing 8 years of the initial 10-year publishing agreement.
Bungie has also gotten all the rights to the Destiny franchise as according to Bungie’s original agreement with Activision, all the new IP that Bungie worked on would belong to Bungie so this makes sense. While under Activision Bungie developed and released both Destiny titles as well as all the expansions and DLCs for those games.
Thank you Guardians. It’s been an honor and a privilege to help bring the world of Destiny to life for you. pic.twitter.com/EB1y19OTD8
— Activision (@Activision) January 10, 2019
Bungie has stated that they will continue to support Destiny 2 and continue to deliver content based on the original roadmap for the game. The game will also remain on Battle.Net for now.
According to Jason Schreier’s post on Kotaku, employees were more than elated to hear this news and apparently even popped open champagne. According to information given to him, the employees were sick of dealing with the publisher as they felt rushed and restricted with what they could do as Activision was focused more on the monetary side of things. An example of this is that even though the Forsaken DLC was loved by fans, Activision felt it was a let down as it didn’t meet their sales standards.
“We’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months,” the company said, “as well as surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.”
Now that Bungie’s Destiny is in their own hands, fans can get their hopes up again as the game may now focus more on the experience rather than how they can monetize it better. Bungie also has a new game in the works titled “Matter” which is being worked on thanks to the $100 million investment from NetEase. If you want to read Bungie’s full blog post, click here.
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