Bungie Splits From Activision Blizzard, And It's Taking Destiny

Destiny 2

After months of rumblings about Activision being unhappy with the way Destiny 2 has been performing, the company has finally announced that their partnership, after almost 10 years, is coming to an end. 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.

Bungie has announced in a post on its website that it will now independently publish Destiny.

'With Activision, we created something special.

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Many are hoping the split from Activision will solve their personal bugbears with the game, though whether we'll see a massive overhaul of Destiny's business model, or a meaningfully different experience for players, is very uncertain. Looking ahead, we're excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. Blizzard Entertainment, which is owned by Activision, made waves in December by announcing the end of esports support for Heroes of the Storm.

Loved by a select group of players (Hello!), Destiny's committed pool of Guardians was never large enough to satisfy Activision's demands and expectations, leading to comments at investor share meetings where the publisher expressed disappointment in the brand. Bungie says it has learned a lot from Forsaken, Destiny 2's latest major expansion, and has assured fans that more is on the way and it will continue down the path of the existing Destiny roadmap. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life.

The other problem is believed to be Activision's dissatisfaction with Destiny 2's "recurring revenue stream", i.e. microtransactions.

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Activision's stake in the franchise's development saw them assume plenty of creative control.

It will be interesting to see now whether the next Destiny game - or even Destiny 2 - will rely less on micro-transactions.

The note also points out that the original plan was to release sequels every two years and that Bungie's failure to deliver this was one of the reasons for the falling out with Activision.

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