Bungie Splitting From Activision For Destiny Should Have Happened Sooner

Bungie Splitting From Activision For Destiny Should Have Happened Sooner

Over an eight-year period with Activision, Destiny built a community over 10 million strong across various platforms. Bungie and Activision originally entered a publishing partnership in April 2010.

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

Just a few months after the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken, Bungie has now announced that they are assuming full rights of the franchise moving forward.

Rather than Bungie splitting away from Activision though the impression is that the desire to part ways was mutual and that Activision plans to concentrate on games it has 100% control of - implying that they will try to create new franchises to fill the gap left by Destiny. Chinese publisher NetEase sunk a sizeable $100 million investment into the company, paving the way for the developer's next title, Matter.

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Bungie made the announcement through Bungie.net today.

Bungie seems confident about the move, sharing that it is "excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie", a move which is said to be well under way.

The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both reportedly committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible. There had been rumours that the relationship has been fraught with creative differences often cited - it's also reported that Bungie employees loudly cheered when they heard the news that they were parting from Activision and going independent. In the official statement, Bungie says, "With Activision, we created something special". Rest assured there is more of that on the way...

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. Head down to the comments section and let us know! Destiny 2 was criticized by a lot for its micro-transactions and now that Activision is out of the picture, we're really looking forward to see what Bungie will do with them.

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