A surprise announcement from Activision has revealed that they have separated from Bungie. Bungie is the developer who is most known for making the Destiny games – fortunately for Bungie, they have managed to keep control of the Destiny IP that they are so known for.
There has reportedly been some tensions between Activision and Bungie for some time. Along with the slightly disappointing sales for Destiny 2: Forsaken may have been enough to cause the split.
The Game director for Destiny, Luke Smith, responded publicly by saying:
We are not disappointed with Forsaken. We set out to build a game that Destiny players would love, and at Bungie, we love it too.
Activision have also released a statement about the situation:
Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise. Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects.
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.
Bungie has put out a statement of their own around the whole situation:
With Activision, we created something special. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world,” it said. “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.
The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible.
Bungie then went on to say that they were continuing with their Destiny 2 roadmap and that they have “exciting announcements about what lies beyond”
We will have to see how good this is for Bungie and Destiny in the long term. Do you think this is a good step for Destiny?