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Bungie, Activision part ways

13 January, 2019, 09:29 | Author: Tara Roberts
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From here on out, Bungie will be going it alone when it comes to Destiny, unless of course it decides to partner with another publisher down the road.

Following the news that Bungie has gained the full rights to Destiny after announcing their very public split with Activision, things are continuing to look a little grimmer for the big-name company.

After eight years working with the company on its Destiny series, Bungie has announced that it is parting ways with Activision.

Best known for its development of the Marathon first-person shooter franchise and its spiritual successor Halo, Bungie Software was acquired by Microsoft back in 2000 - a deal which turned what was to be a cross-platform title, the original Halo, into an exclusive for Microsoft's at-the-time shiny new Xbox console.

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There's no specified date as to when Bungie's transition to full independence will be completed, but it's "already underway in its early stages".

"We'll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we're looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months", explained Bungie on Twitter.

They have managed to retain the rights to the Destiny property while still keeping the PC version of the game using Battle.net servers and launcher, but for all intents and purposes, the company is free to do what they want as a developer. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. 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.

While officially the split remains amicable, players and onlookers alike are wondering what it means for the future of Destiny. Head down to the comments section and let us know! This could indirectly bring even more pressure to bear on companies like Blizzard, given that Activision is shedding major franchises and will be looking for revenue sources to replace them. Here's where we will see what Bungie is really all about, especially with Destiny 3 slated for 2020.


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