The marriage that nobody wanted and everyone hated is finally set to come to an end, as Bungie and Activision are set to part ways. But, Bungie is set to keep the kids in the split, as they’ll be taking Destiny with them.
The split has come as no surprise as the relationship between the two companies has been rocky at best. Bungie, who have had problems with Activision since before Destiny originally dropped, framed the news as a fantastic opportunity. Employees are said to have popped some Champagne, as well as cheered during the news, as reported by a member of staff.
“We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny,” Bungie stated 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.”
In what may come as a surprise to no one, the biggest grievance between the two companies was from Activision’s instance on an annualized schedule, forcing Bungie to drop a new Destiny game or an expansion, of sorts, every fall. Now that the ties with Activision are severed, Bungie is free to set their own time frames with Destiny.
“We’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months.”
If you’re worried how the split is set to effect Destiny 2, fear not, as Activision has tweeted that the game will remain a part of Blizzard’s Battle.net service and users won’t have to suffer through any disruption.
Destiny 2 will still receive full support on BattleNet and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services or your gameplay experience. https://t.co/FFOE1iae3R
— BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) January 10, 2019
While Bungie is rejoicing, the news will be hitting Activision pretty hard considering the company has been cutting costs at Blizzard, while also having a change around with the higher-ups in the company.
Could more rocky times be on the horizon for Activision? I guess only time will tell. As Bungie has a new game set for development, we’ll have to keep our ears to the ground on where they settle on publishing.