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Bungie's split from Activision confirmed

Bungie and Activision are going in different directions. (Source: VG247)
Bungie and Activision are going in different directions. (Source: VG247)
The developer studio Bungie has announced that it will publish its flagship series, Destiny, independently, thus ending its partnership with Activision. This eventuality has been anticipated by industry insiders and observers for some time. However, this is the first time that Bungie has made an official statement on the subject.

Bungie has officially announced that it will publish its Destiny series of games independently in the future. This will end the partnership the developer studio had implemented with Activision since Destiny 1. This may not be a complete surprise to some, including Kotaku editor John Schreier, who noted that Bungie held a team meeting earlier today (January 10, 2019) which resulted in "good news [for them]".

Activision has reportedly been at odds with Bungie for some time - the entire eight-year span of their partnership, according to some correspondents. Apparently, the two parties disagree over the direction in which the Destiny series has been going. Activision may have preferred it if it had been more commercially appealing, whereas the studio wanted to continue to cater to its more 'hardcore' fans.  

This tension may have come to a head as it became increasingly apparent that Destiny 2: Forsaken was not as successful as some other Activision titles. Therefore, Bungie has now outlined plans to make the "transition" from publication through the larger company to self-publication in the future.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01-11 (Update: 2019-01-11)