Announced January 10th, 2019, in a news post titled “Our Destiny”, game developer Bungie announced that it will officially be splitting off from game publisher Activision, ending their ten-year publishing agreement.
The breakup comes after nine years of partnership, during which Activision oversaw the publishing needs of Bungie’s flagship IP, Destiny. In 2010, Bungie and Activision entered into a ten-year deal. This separation will be happening a year sooner than stated in their contract. Activision is handing off full control of Destiny to Bungie despite this.
The decision seems to be an amicable one, with Activision’s Twitter account tweeting, “Thank you Guardians. It’s been an honor and a privilege to help bring the world of Destiny to life for you.” The BlizzardCS Twitter account also confirmed that Destiny 2 will remain on the Blizzard Launcher and receive their full support.
This has been a particularly rough year for Bungie.
In Activision’s third quarter conference call, an Activision representative said, “While Forsaken is a high-quality expansion, with strong engagement and new modes of play, it did not achieve our commercial expectations, and there is still work to do to fully re-engage the core Destiny fanbase.” That, combined with the harsh fall in Activision-Blizzard stock last November and Activision’s recent cost-cutting measures may explain why Activision is willing to let Bungie go.
Bungie’s Twitter was flooded with support from fans and industry giants alike. Phil Spencer, executive head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, tweeted, “Looking forward to a very bright future working with one of my favorite independent studios on one of my favorite franchises.” Fans are hoping that the division signals a better future for Destiny 2, which has been plagued with controversy since its release on September 9, 2014.
In their news post, Bungie said they intend to follow the existing Destiny roadmap. They plan on releasing seasonal content as well as working on surprising, exciting announcements in future months.