Destiny 2: Forsaken appears to have been the final straw, with Activision thoroughly displeased with revenue and Bungie sick of being told what to do. Eventually, though, Bungie's relationship with Microsoft would sour, and the two companies would split.
The move has been met with widespread praise from the Destiny community as many feel that now Bungie will have full creative control over the popular franchise. Players can look forward to the next two expansions for Destiny 2 this year. A year and a half later, the game is going strong thanks to expansive updates, raids, and tons of multiplayer adventures. There's no word on any impact on Destiny 2, and Bungie says its plans are "unchanged."
Bungie has confirmed today that they have officially gained the publishing rights to the Destiny IP, ending their partnership with Activision. As an independent studio setting out to build a brand new experience, we wanted a partner willing to take a big leap of faith with us. If there's less players around, then there's fewer people buying microtransactions and DLCs like the recent Foresaken expansion - and as we've covered in previous videos, Activision more than any other publisher thrives off these in-game purchases.
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In Bungie's new statement regarding the split, it stated, "With Forsaken, we've learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience". 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". Perhaps the developer wishes to publish that game independently and it is leading to this decision.
The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both reportedly committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible. Here's to last year's dark clouds parting to make way for rain and light and life. Head down to the comments section and let us know!
Either way, self-publishing will bring its own challenges, and sales of Destiny 2 haven't been what Bungie or Activision hoped for.