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Bungie to take sole control over Destiny

Bungie to take sole control over Destiny

It will be interesting to see now whether the next Destiny game - or even Destiny 2 - will rely less on micro-transactions.

Bungie has announced in a post on its website that it will now independently publish Destiny.

In an SEC report confirming the split released last night, Activision stated that although they'd be turning publishing rights for Destiny back over to Bungie, they do "not expect to recognise material revenue, operating income or operating loss from the Destiny franchise in 2019", suggesting the FPS was not proving financially beneficial.

'Destiny was a worthwhile attempt by Activision to build another cornerstone franchise, one that just didn't quite pan out as they had hoped (underlining once again the high difficulty of creating and managing a successful live service game business), in our view'.

It doesn't sound like partnering with a different publisher is something Bungie is considering at the moment, though.

Bungie says the planned transition process is already in its early stages and that both sides are committed to making the handoff as seamless as possible. The company also tells us that we'll see more seasonal experiences over the next few months, and there were also teases about surprise announcements, but of course, we'll have to wait for more details on those.

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"Today, we're announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise". With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.

"Rest assured there is more of that on the way".

While officially the split remains amicable, players and onlookers alike are wondering what it means for the future of Destiny.

It's unclear whether they have insider knowledge or not, but it would be the same gap in time between Destiny 1 and 2. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope.

When developing Destiny, Bungie said it had a vision, but didn't have the means to launch a game of such magnitude. What do you think of Bungie parting ways with Activision on Destiny?