Activision hands Destiny publishing rights to Bungie

Activision hands Destiny publishing rights to Bungie

Publisher Activision and studio Bungie are no longer working together on online sci-fi shooter Destiny.

In a blog post on Bungie's site, the firm said that Activision had handed over publishing rights to the studio following eight years of working together.

Meanwhile, Activision will be focusing more on its own IP. Just as well given that the company doesn't really have much of a release slate right now.

Destiny 2 will be staying on 

Bungie and Activision have long butted heads over Destiny, with the latter insisting on regular content. It'll be interesting to see how the Destiny IP shapes up moving forward. 

"We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny," the studio wrote.

"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."

This follows Activision saying in an investor call at the end of 2018 that Destiny wasn't meeting its expectations, something Bungie refuted.

The Destiny break-up comes at a rather interesting time for Activision. It has had an exec shake-up and its share price is falling. Stock has dropped seven per cent since the Destiny news broke. 

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