Bungie to assume full publishing rights to the Destiny franchise

Donna Miller
January 13, 2019

Bungie seems confident about the move, sharing that it is "excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie", a move which is said to be well under way. The Seattle-based team will now self-publish all expansions to the ongoing Destiny 2 and any future sequels. Now, under new leadership, Bungie is calling time on its partnership and has announced it is splitting from Activision after just over eight years - less than the originally-contracted decade.

In an SEC report confirming the split released last night, Activision stated that although they'd be turning publishing rights for Destiny back over to Bungie, they do "not expect to recognise material revenue, operating income or operating loss from the Destiny franchise in 2019", suggesting the FPS was not proving financially beneficial.

As Bungie takes over complete control of Destiny, Activision will increase it's focus on its other IPs.

In a statement on its website, the Bellevue, Washington developer said: "We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny".

Bungie says the planned transition process is already in its early stages and that both sides are committed to making the handoff as seamless as possible. Bungie struck gold with the game after creating Halo for Microsoft.

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It's not hard to see why investors would sell their shares in ATVI, Destiny is a hugely popular video game franchise.

Many are hoping the split from Activision will solve their personal bugbears with the game, though whether we'll see a massive overhaul of Destiny's business model, or a meaningfully different experience for players, is very uncertain.

As for the future of Destiny, Bungie talks about what they have learned from the most recent expansion, Destiny 2 Forsaken.

Perhaps the most important fact to single out here, though, is that it will be Bungie who's keeping the Destiny IP, not Activision. None of Destiny's current DLC plans have changed. What do you think of Bungie parting ways with Activision on Destiny? Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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