Video Game Developer Bungie Leaves Activision, Takes Rights To Popular Title Destiny

Bungie and Activision are ending their partnership together, which means going forward Bungie will have full control of the Destiny franchise.

Big corporations teaming up or even merging can be tricky. While it might seem like a good idea on the surface, sooner or later people are going to end up butting heads. Our advice is to do it for the odd project, but maybe not marry yourselves together for the foreseeable future.

Two companies in the video game world that will be wishing they teamed up for one project and left it at that are Activision and Bungie. At least that’s how it seems. Following a turbulent time between the two gaming giants in recent years, Kotaku has reported that the pairs’ partnership will be coming to an end. Bungie revealed the news to employees during a meeting on Thursday afternoon.

As with any split, the two sides needed to decide who gets what. The biggest news to come out of that side of things is Bungie will now have full control of extremely popular title, Destiny. Fans of the game have nothing to worry about, though. In fact, it sounds as if now is the time to get excited. A blog post released by Bungie reads “we’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months.”

Apparently, one of the biggest points of tension between Activision and Bungie was the former’s desire to release a new Destiny title, or at least an expansion, every fall. That is the mantra of many gaming corporations the size of Activision as it requires fans to buy an updated copy every year, right in time for the festive season. Bungie clearly believes that’s a case of quantity over quality, and we tend to agree.

What lies ahead for Bungie and Destiny is currently unknown, but it sounds as if the developers believe this break-up to be a good thing. One employee at Thursday’s meeting claims that some celebrated with champagne upon hearing the news. This isn’t the first time Bungie has celebrated its independence. The developers helped Microsoft make the original Halo. In 2007, those companies split, and apparently, that news was met with cheering as well.

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