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 2 weeks ago '07        #1
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MiseryCityTexas 31 heat pts31
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Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny
 

 
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Developer Bungie and publisher Activision are splitting up, an industry-shaking divorce that will see the shared world shooter series Destiny enter fully into Bungie’s control.

This development comes after years of tension between the two companies—tension that has existed since before the first Destiny even shipped. Bungie, the studio that created and has led development on the franchise, told employees during a team meeting this afternoon, framing it as fantastic news for a studio that has long grown sick of dealing with its publisher. Employees cheered and popped champagne, according to one person who was there.

“We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny,” Bungie said in a blog post today. “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.”

Destiny, which first launched in September 2014, has had a long and rocky road through expansions, updates, and a sequel. The most recent major entry in the franchise, Destiny 2: Forsaken, was beloved by players but failed to meet Activision’s sales standards.

One of the most significant tensions between Bungie and Activision had long been the annualized schedule, which mandated the release of a new Destiny game or expansion every fall. Now, separated from Activision, Bungie will no longer be constrained to that schedule. “We’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months,” the company said, “as well as surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.”

For now, it appears to be business as usual for Destiny 2. Activision said on Twitter this afternoon that the game would remain on Blizzard’s Battle.net, and Bungie says the transition is “already underway in its early stages.”

Bungie also has a brand new game in development thanks to a $100 million investment from NetEase.

The news comes during a rough time for Activision, which recently went through an executive shake-up and has been cutting costs at its biggest subsidiary, Blizzard. Activision’s stable of mega-franchises has grown significantly smaller, having abandoned Skylanders and now lost Destiny. Two of the publisher’s other studios, High Moon and Vicarious Visions, had been working on expansions and content for Destiny 2. It’s unclear what they will helm next.

It’s also full circle for Bungie, which created Halo for Microsoft, was then purchased by Microsoft, and negotiated its independence from Microsoft in 2007. At the meeting to announce that deal, employees cheered, too.
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34 comments for "Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny"

 2 weeks ago '09        #2
iamsoulja 200 heat pts200
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Time to come back home


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 2 weeks ago '16        #3
mobchip 3 heat pts
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 iamsoulja said
Time to come back home


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They just bought six studios!?

But really, Bungie got their opportunity to withdraw from being an internal Microsoft studio, and I don't see them joining back with Microsoft like that. Especially since Microsoft is going to really be strict with them and they will probably only be able to make Destiny. There is no chance they will get Halo again, that will cause a huge war between studios at Microsoft.
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 2 weeks ago '09        #4
iamsoulja 200 heat pts200
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 mobchip said
They just bought six studios!?

But really, Bungie got their opportunity to withdraw from being an internal Microsoft studio, and I don't see them joining back with Microsoft like that. Especially since Microsoft is going to really be strict with them and they will probably only be able to make Destiny. There is no chance they will get Halo again, that will cause a huge war between studios at Microsoft.
343 is halo and MS should let Bungie do them E3 2019 Bungie is back im calling it they cant do it alone they will be back
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 2 weeks ago '07        #5
MiseryCityTexas 31 heat pts31 OP
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Bungie's gonna start working with Rockstar games again, and create something special.

 2 weeks ago '16        #6
TrillPeez 12 heat pts12
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Destiny 3 gonna be the GOAT
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 2 weeks ago '13        #7
Thongsong19 3 heat pts
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 iamsoulja said
343 is halo and MS should let Bungie do them E3 2019 Bungie is back im calling it they cant do it alone they will be back
343 ruined halo

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 2 weeks ago '13        #8
Colvinman 115 heat pts115
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Next generation bout to be crazy
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 2 weeks ago '09        #9
iamsoulja 200 heat pts200
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 TrillPeez said
Destiny 3 gonna be the GOAT
I thought the same with Destiny 2 it didn’t live up to the hype
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 2 weeks ago '14        #10
LocdUpProd 679 heat pts679
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Bungie bout to stay indie they want their own creative rights and schedules

Be prepared for that “Epic games store” exclusive on the PC side.

CDproketRed success gave Bungie the greenlight
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 2 weeks ago '07        #11
Adam Is BeTTeR 2 heat pts
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Good, Activision is pure trash and ruined Destiny..

Bungie has been sh*t too since they’ve been with Acvtision. I wonder if they’re going to be independent or if one of the two major candidates will want them exclusively.
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 2 weeks ago '16        #12
TrillPeez 12 heat pts12
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 iamsoulja said
I thought the same with Destiny 2 it didn’t live up to the hype
You're insane. D2 is amazing right now

 2 weeks ago '18        #13
Lord God 59 heat pts59
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Great news!

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KeepinItTrill 44 heat pts44
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 Adam Is BeTTeR said
Good, Activision is pure trash and ruined Destiny..

Bungie has been sh*t too since they’ve been with Acvtision. I wonder if they’re going to be independent or if one of the two major candidates will want them exclusively.
I hate Activision...with a passion
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 2 weeks ago '17        #15
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Soon as they announced that sh*t years ago knew it wasn’t going to end well. Hopefully they can get the magic back
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 2 weeks ago '09        #16
iamsoulja 200 heat pts200
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 TrillPeez said
You're insane. D2 is amazing right now
Right now....after how many dlc’s? When it first came out that sh*t was boring fast and nowhere near D1, it was a major step back shouldn’t have been that bad at launch .

I played D1 like crazy everyday D2 couldn’t even do it
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 2 weeks ago '16        #17
TrillPeez 12 heat pts12
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 iamsoulja said
Right now....after how many dlc’s? When it first came out that sh*t was boring fast and nowhere near D1, it was a major step back shouldn’t have been that bad at launch .

I played D1 like crazy everyday D2 couldn’t even do it
Year One was great. The first 2 DLC's were a.ss. Forsaken made it amazing. But I played the fu*k out of D2 Y1

 2 weeks ago '09        #18
iamsoulja 200 heat pts200
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 TrillPeez said
Year One was great. The first 2 DLC's were a.ss. Forsaken made it amazing. But I played the fu*k out of D2 Y1
I did too sh*t was iight wasn’t better than D1. I just quit playing but,I heard Forsaken made the game great again. Bungie gotta get back on they sh*t . I wish MS would have let them do what they wanted, Destiny would have been Xbox only .

 2 weeks ago '13        #19
fredfiness 5 heat pts
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Hopefully Blizzard splits with Activision as well. World of Warcraft is terrible these days.

 2 weeks ago '05        #20
Chuck_Remixed 370 heat pts370
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 fredfiness said
Hopefully Blizzard splits with Activision as well. World of Warcraft is terrible these days.
Unfortunately that doesnt seem likely as many of the og Blizzard folks already left or are leaving soon. Activision seems to have already cannibalized the company to the point where their isnt any real resistance left.
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 2 weeks ago '13        #21
fredfiness 5 heat pts
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 Chuck_Remixed said
Unfortunately that doesnt seem likely as many of the og Blizzard folks already left or are leaving soon. Activision seems to have already cannibalized the company to the point where their isnt any real resistance left.
Damn shame. Vanilla through WOTLK were great times...
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 2 weeks ago '04        #22
Ra-da-god 36 heat pts36
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 mobchip said
They just bought six studios!?

But really, Bungie got their opportunity to withdraw from being an internal Microsoft studio, and I don't see them joining back with Microsoft like that. Especially since Microsoft is going to really be strict with them and they will probably only be able to make Destiny. There is no chance they will get Halo again, that will cause a huge war between studios at Microsoft.
what makes you think that? from everything we've heard all the new studios have said they have the go to make "whatever they wish"

even the Coalition is being allowed to dip their toes in other genres


I mean Playground games is making an open world Fable game lol


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 2 weeks ago '04        #23
cold_young_thug 41 heat pts41
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ehhhhh Destiny is trash and the bungie who actually made high quality games (halo 1,2,&3) has been gone. This isnt the bungie who made halo.
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 2 weeks ago '05        #24
Daddy Black 2 heat pts
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That is amazing news. Destiny was trash because of Activision.

 1 week ago '09        #25
Fatt Kidd BEP 2 heat pts
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Two companies I stopped caring about. IDK why I thought I was gonna read some good news. k!lled two good franchises. Halo and Guitar Hero. Call of Duty is hit and miss every year. They came together and still couldn't get it right.

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