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Article Bungie Separates From Activision, Taking Destiny With Them
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Christopher M
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January 10, 2019, 09:17pmEST
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Destiny's developer Bungie announced today that the company is currently in the process of terminating its partnership with their publisher Activision, a partnership dating all the way back to 2010. Along with the separation, Bungie stated that it will assume all publishing right to Destiny from Activision.

Bungie's announcement entitled "OUR DESTINY";

When we first launched our partnership with Activision in 2010, the gaming industry was in a pretty different place. As an independent studio setting out to build a brand new experience, we wanted a partner willing to take a big leap of faith with us. We had a vision for Destiny that we believed in, but to launch a game of that magnitude, we needed the support of an established publishing partner.

With Activision, we created something special. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world. More importantly, we've also witnessed a remarkable community – tens of millions of Guardians strong – rise up and embrace Destiny, to play together, to make and share memories, and even to do truly great things that reach far beyond the game we share, to deliver a positive impact on people's everyday lives.

We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we're excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.

The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible.

With Forsaken, we've learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience. Rest assured there is more of that on the way. We'll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we're looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months, as well as surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. We know self-publishing won't be easy; there's still much for us to learn as we grow as an independent, global studio, but we see unbounded opportunities and potential in Destiny. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope. We hope you'll join us there.

See you starside.

BUNGiE

(Archive: https://archive.fo/dbi2g)

Shortly after Bungie made the announcement, Activision tweeted, "Thank you Guardians. It's been an honor and a privilege to help bring the world of Destiny to life for you." Their tweet also included a joint statement from Activision and Bungie,

Today, we're announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise. Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects. Activision and Bungie are committed to a seamless transition for the transition on behalf of the community of Destiny players around the world.

(Archive: https://archive.fo/pZYeW)

In regards to Destiny players who own and play the game through the BattleNet launcher, Blizzard has asserted that Destiny 2 will still be supported. "Destiny 2 will still receive full support on BattleNet and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services or your gameplay experience." (Archive: https://archive.fo/RE7tj)


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