Bungie announces split with Activision

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Seattle-area game developer Bungie will soon become the sole publisher and handler of the Destiny online-shooter series that it developed in partnership with publisher Activision. Moving forward, Bungie will take care of publishing Destiny on its own without Activision's help. 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".

While Bungie retained full creative control of the IP in their contract - hypothetically, at least - Activision will have been in control of the release schedule and financial strategy of the franchise until now. Activision will obviously be disappointed because of how successful Destiny continues to be, having sold over 50 million games and expansions. 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". Blizzard Entertainment, which is owned by Activision, made waves in December by announcing the end of esports support for Heroes of the Storm.

Within the coming months, Bungie will be announcing additional information that it hopes will surprise players about what the future holds for the Destiny franchise. 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.

The research firm noted that the initial agreement was for a new Destiny game to launch every two years, although obviously this changed following the release of the first game, with Destiny 2 arriving three years later. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. It's been evident for some time that there might be tension between the two companies; Activision took the unusual step of telling the public it wasn't happy with Destiny 2: Forsaken's sales back in early November. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

All eyes will be on Activision Blizzard Inc to see if they can manage a profit this year with less IP than before.

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