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In a move that is somewhat surprising and a little earlier than planned, Bungie Inc. revealed Thursday that it will split from its partnership with Activision.
Bungie will break a ten-year publishing deal with in Activision established in 2010, meaning that in 2020, the deal would expire and something else would have to take its place. Destiny, is reported to stay with Bungie, making the split a pretty decent loss for Activision. Bungie’s company statement read, “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.”
Despite being a bit less successful than its debut game in the sci-fi series, 2017’s Destiny 2, which is developed by Bungie and published by Activision, earned better critical reception than its 2014 predecessor. To be blunt, it’s a significantly better game, no matter what the sales numbers say. Bungie noted that in the departure from their deal with Activision and the keeping of the Destiny IP that they “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.”
On the other hand, Activision “will increase their focus on owned IP projects.” with their next upcoming game scheduled for publishing is FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice which is due out March 22. Bungie and Activision are both committed to making sure the hand-off is as seamless as possible. and Destiny 2 is far from done. Bungie has assured fans that more is on the way and will continue down the path of the existing Destiny plan. This will include more seasonal experiences in the upcoming months. Blizzard Customer Service also confirmed on Twitter that Destiny 2 will continue to receive full support on BattleNet no service or gameplay disruptions are expected.
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