Bungie will assume full publishing rights of the Destiny series from Activision, the developer announced on Thursday. "We set out to build a game that Destiny players would love, and at Bungie, we love it too".
Bungie will keep working on Destiny 2 and will continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap.
While officially the split remains amicable, players and onlookers alike are wondering what it means for the future of Destiny.
While Activision and Bungie made the announcement of the split after the close of stock trading yesterday, but ATVI stock took a 7% tumble in after hours trading. While it's hard to separate decisions made by Bungie versus Activision, some players anxious that the latter's influence on the game had resulted in the heavy push of Eververse.
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Destiny 2: Forsaken appears to have been the final straw, with Activision thoroughly displeased with revenue and Bungie sick of being told what to do. Players can look forward to the next two expansions for Destiny 2 this year. Bungie has retained the right to publish Destiny going forward.
Bungie says this process is already underway, and that both it and Activision are "committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible". More importantly, we've also witnessed a remarkable community - tens of millions of Guardians strong - rise up and embrace Destiny, to play together, to make and share memories, and even to do truly great things that reach far beyond the game we share, to deliver a positive impact on people's everyday lives. Rest assured there is more of that on the way... Well, the problem seems to have been the sales of Destiny 2.
It doesn't sound like partnering with a different publisher is something Bungie is considering at the moment, though. We hope you'll join us there.
It's not hard to see why investors would sell their shares in ATVI, Destiny is a hugely popular video game franchise. It's hard to know exactly how much influence Activision had over the Destiny franchise, but if it was a significant amount, we might see Destiny change dramatically as a result of Bungie taking over publishing duties.