Some huge news just broke as Activision and Bungie have announced that they are parting ways and that Bungie will obtain the rights to publish the Destiny IP on its own. You can read a statement from both Activision and Bungie below.
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.
Here is the statement from Bungie:
We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny,” it reads. “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.
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.
It’s been pretty well known that the relationship between Bungie and Activision has been rocky for years now so in that sense this news isn’t too surprising. It will be interesting to see how the Destiny franchise continues now that Bungie will be handling it all on their own.