After eight out of a planned ten year partnership, Activision Blizzard has parted ways with Bungie who have retained full control over the Destiny IP.
In a blog post on their website Bungie said,
“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.”
They also talked about the future of the franchise saying,
“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.”
Activision commented on the split tweeting out,
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
What this means for the future of Destiny is yet to be seen. Without a major publishing partner, Bungie will have more freedom to develop any future games and DLC in the series especially when it comes to developing cycles. Let’s hope that they really have listened to their community and can win them back after the lukewarm response Destiny 2 has had.