Bungie has managed to acquire the rights to self-publish the extraordinarily popular Destiny game from Activision which Bungie revealed in an unexpected announcement last week. The two companies are currently transferring the publishing rights to Bungie from Activision, a process that is complicated by the plans to release content for Destiny 2. Both Bungie and Activision stated that they are committed to ensuring the handover is seamless. The recent changes between the two companies will not have any impact on the availability of Destiny 2 which means players will still be able to enjoy the game until the handover is complete.
The Destiny Roadmap
While Bungie doesn’t provide a real reason for the split between the two companies, they have acknowledged that the video game industry has transformed in the last 8 years since the contract was initially inked in 2010. A newly independent studio like Bungie, launching a game like Destiny, needed a well-established publishing partner. However, Bungie now believes that they are more than capable of evolving the franchise on their own.
“With Forsaken, we listened, leaned in, and learned a great deal from our players on what they wanted to experience in Destiny. Our players can rest assured knowing that there is still loads more of this on the way. We are committed to continue with the existing roadmap for Destiny and look forward to providing plenty of seasonal experiences in the months ahead. We will also surprise our community with fantastic announcements on what is still to come.”
There’s still a great deal of detail that has been left out when it comes to the Activision and Bungie split as separating the two organizations when a major game like Destiny is involved, is no easy task. Nevertheless, it looks like both Activision and Bungie believe this split is the best move going forward for both of them.
The Separation Between Two Gaming Companies
Bungie’s separation from Activision has already been met with spirited approval within the industry. The official Twitter account of Bungie even retweeted comments from Mark Rein, the VP at Epic Games, and Phil Spencer, the boss at Xbox. Rumourmongers are obviously having a field day with this recent split as well. Even the employees at Bungie was unable to hide their excitement where they cheered loudly during the announcement last week regarding the split.
Issues between Activision and Bungie has been very apparent since the game was initially released in 2010. Bungie was rushed to release both the original Destiny as well as Destiny 2 which led to major controversies when it came to the launch of the game. Although Forsaken and The Taken King was well-received by players, the struggle with excessive microtransactions and content releases have constantly agitated the Destiny community.
Although there’s no promise that Bungie will get it right, it does give the company control over the game’s future. The future of the game now lies in the hands of Bungie alone. Let’s see what they make of it.