Bungie and Activision Break Up, Bungie to Wholly Own Destiny

Activision and Bungie today announced that they’ll be parting ways following years of issues.

The deal that brought Destiny into existence has come to its end. Bunige and Activision have parted ways after two games, three major expansions, multiple smaller DLCs, and lots of microtransactions. The news comes after years of tension that saw Destiny, a hotly anticipated title in 2014, slowly lost relevance over the years following a bad launch, a lack of content, a barely existent story, high-priced DLC, a back-pedaling sequel, and controversial business practices.

The latest expansion, Forsaken, helped to reset the game with a strong campaign, enjoyable gameplay loop, and enough content to keep players happy. This new chapter will allow Bungie to continue building on Forsaken on their own terms.

In a blog post, Bungie confirmed that they’ll be the sole owner of the Destiny IP going forward. They intend to self-publish future projects rather than work with a publisher. As for Activision, they’ll continue working on their own IPs.

“We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.”

Bungie intends to continue following the current roadmap laid out for Destiny 2. They also intend to surprise players with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond already established plans. The PC version will remain on Battle.net.

Destiny 2: Forsaken is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.