Bungie to self-publish Destiny after shock Activision split

Hitman developer IO Interactive recently split with publisher Square Enix

Hitman developer IO Interactive recently split with publisher Square Enix

Perhaps it was.destiny? Or more precisely, the Destiny franchise, which Bungie will assume complete creative control and publishing rights, Activision Blizzard and Bungie announced in a joint statement. Bungie further stated, "With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects". Bungie says it has learned a lot from Forsaken, Destiny 2's latest major expansion, and has assured fans that more is on the way and it will continue down the path of 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 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.

The research firm noted that the initial agreement was for a new Destiny game to launch every two years, although obviously this changed following the release of the first game, with Destiny 2 arriving three years later.

That in turn may offer a lifeline for internal studios such as Vicarious Visions and High Moon Studios, who are now working on Destiny content.

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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.

In a note to investors, analysts from Cowen & Company predicted that Bungie would release Destiny 3 next year, despite the sequel never having been announced and no prior reports that it was in development. "Activision and Bungie are committed to a seamless transition for the Destiny franchise and will continue to work closely together during the transition on behalf of the community of Destiny players around the world", the companies stated. We know self-publishing won't be easy; there's still much for us to learn as we grow as an independent, global studio, but we see unbounded opportunities and potential in Destiny. Here's to you, to us, and to all of the adventures that await in 2019.

This tension may have come to a head as it became increasingly apparent that Destiny 2: Forsaken was not as successful as some other Activision titles. The team seems committed to continuing Destiny and making it better than ever, but there's also the $100m deal they signed with NetEase previous year to produce an original IP - of which se still know nothing about.

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