Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership

Judy Cobb
January 13, 2019

Following the news that Bungie has gained the full rights to Destiny after announcing their very public split with Activision, things are continuing to look a little grimmer for the big-name company. What followed (four years later) was Destiny and more recently Destiny 2 being developed by Bungie and published by Activision.

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Bungie was also hosted through Activision's Blizzard.net platform, though the Blizzard Customer Service Twitter account confirmed this wouldn't change. As to the immediate future, Bungie still seems laser-focused on Destiny and in particular the feedback Destiny 2's third, large expansion Forsaken has generated.

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Fans have criticized the game's use of micro-transactions, timed exclusives for PlayStation 4 players, as well as the frequency and quality of DLC updates (a recent piece of content in the game had to be "unlocked" by Bungie after players failed to solve the puzzle meant to access it). To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world. From here on out, Bungie will be going it alone when it comes to Destiny, unless of course it decides to partner with another publisher down the road. The transition of publishing from Activision to developer Bungie will be "as seamless as possible". 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. Following the announcement, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith tweeted out the line "Guardians make their own fate", a famous quote from the original game.

Taking on the challenge of publishing Destiny will be a new experience for Bungie, which will also find itself without a fairly convenient scapegoat. 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. Head down to the comments section and let us know! Even if Destiny wasn't making as much money as Acti might have liked, they're still losing the rights to a significant IP, and a high-profile revenue stream.

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