Bungie, the developers behind the Destiny games, has split with Activision after an eight-year partnership. This massive split will leave the Destiny games fully under the control of Bungie, who will self-publish the games.
Taking control of their Destiny.
Activision and Bungie announced their split in a joint statement on Activision’s Twitter:
Thank you Guardians. It’s been an honor and a privilege to help bring the world of Destiny to life for you. pic.twitter.com/EB1y19OTD8
— Activision (@Activision) January 10, 2019
Bungie also had their own statement in a blog post on their website:
We 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. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.
The two companies have had a good deal of tension between them, even before the first Destiny released. One of the main causes of this was from the annualized schedule, which meant that a new Destiny or expansion would release every Autumn. The original plan was to have four Destiny games and four expansions between 2013 and 2020. The first Destiny released in 2014 and got four expansions before Destiny 2 launched in 2017, so the schedule obviously didn’t work. The poor sales of Destiny 2: Forsaken also haven’t helped their relationship.
There are likely some customers who worry that this split will make playing either Destiny difficult. Fortunately, the transition of power is already underway and Blizzard reported that the PC version will still have full BattleNet support:
Destiny 2 will still receive full support on BattleNet and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services or your gameplay experience. https://t.co/FFOE1iae3R
— BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) January 10, 2019
As for the future, while it’ll definitely have some challenges, it looks optimistic for Bungie. They’ve received a $100 million investment from Chinese gaming giant NetEase last year. Meanwhile, Activision’s in a bit of a tough spot right now. As well as losing Destiny in the split, they’ve abandoned Skylanders, recently had an executive shake-up, and had to cut costs at their subsidiary Blizzard.