The REAL Reason Bungie Just Split With Activision

Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership By Keshav Bhat

Bungie has announced that its Destiny games will no longer be published by Activision.

This development comes after years of tension between the two companies-tension that has existed since before the first Destiny even shipped. That's exactly what happened back in 2010 when Bungie and Activision went into partnership. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world.

"We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny", Bungie continued.

In a statement, Activision said, "Today, we're announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise". While Bungie were the main developers on Destiny and created the IP, they've been receiving help on the project since the beginning from both High Moon Studios and Vicarious Visions, two stellar Activision-owned teams.

Call of Duty fans also have reason to be happy with the move as the series is now the lone owned IP of Activision, which could allow the company to give the franchise more attention moving forward.

The process of transitioning Destiny's publishing from Activision to Bungie has already begun, according to a post on Bungie's website. Bungie also said they are looking forward to "surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond", potentially referencing a sequel or expansion to Destiny 2 Forsaken.

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. It wants to assure players there is more of that on the way, and that this transition is only part of a brighter future for Destiny. Bungie clearly see this as a win, and now they'll have way more freedom as to how they develop their games, and what kind of business model they can adopt. While it's hard to separate decisions made by Bungie versus Activision, some players anxious that the latter's influence on the game had resulted in the heavy push of Eververse.