Bungie co-founder says Activision relationship was "bad from the start"

Bungie co-founder says Activision relationship was "bad from the start"

The co-founder of Destiny maker Bungie Marty O'Donnell has said that its publishing relationship with Activision was "bad from the start."

Speaking to the HiddenXperia YouTube channelas reported by – the former exec said that the studio knew that it knew the deal with Activision was a risk and that it was "exactly as bad as we thought it to be."

"I am the only one who is gonna say that, except anyone who no longer works for Bungie, and anyone who no longer works for Bungie is gonna say: 'Yeah, it was bad from the start'," he said.

Activision and Bungie signed a publishing deal for the Destiny IP back in 2010. At the start of 2019, Bungie bought the publishing rights back from Activision and has been releasing Destiny 2 content on its own. The studio recently announced three expansion, which will be launching annually until 2022.

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