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Bungie Acquires Publishing Rights to Destiny from Activision

Bungie Acquires Publishing Rights to Destiny from Activision - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2019 / 2,803 Views

Developer Bungie announced it has acquired the complete publishing rights to the Destiny intellectual property from Activision. The developer will publish the franchise in the future. 

Read a statement from Bungie below:

When we first launched our partnership with Activision in 2010, the gaming industry was in a pretty different place. 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. We had a vision for Destiny that we believed in, but to launch a game of that magnitude, we needed the support of an established publishing partner.

With Activision, we created something special. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world. More importantly, we’ve also witnessed a remarkable community – tens of millions of Guardians strong – rise up and embrace Destiny, to play together, to make and share memories, and even to do truly great things that reach far beyond the game we share, to deliver a positive impact on people’s everyday lives.

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.

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.

With Forsaken, we’ve learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience. Rest assured there is more of that on the way. We’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months, as well as surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. We know self-publishing won’t be easy; there’s still much for us to learn as we grow as an independent, global studio, but we see unbounded opportunities and potential in Destiny. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope. We hope you’ll join us there.

See you starside.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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StriderKiwi (on 10 January 2019)

Alright Bungie, from here on out, no more nickle and dime-ing your customers. Activision is no longer your scapegoat. You have a significant chance to win back your fans.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 10 January 2019)

I didn't know you could buy your soul back from the devil but apparently you can!

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Bungie must have gone through a real-life final Cuphead level.

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SuperNintend0rk SuperNintend0rk (on 10 January 2019)

Lol it gives a whole new meaning to the expression "selling out"!

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TallSilhouette (on 11 January 2019)

Interesting. I wonder how much of the old Bungie is still around, though...

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ResilientFighter (on 11 January 2019)

destiny is a frowned upon franchise that never reached even half the praise halo did, i dont see this really improving bungie except profit wise

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TheBird (on 10 January 2019)

How could they ever pull this off. Activision doesn't have all that many successful franchises to stand on, and it seems like they gave this one away just like that.

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Walbert TheBird (on 11 January 2019)

Bungie probably had a clause in the contract when Activision acquired them

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Mystro-Sama (on 13 January 2019)

Are people even still crazy about Destiny at this point?

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Kivos (on 10 January 2019)

PLEASE rejoin Microsoft. Joseph Staten is now a creative head at Microsoft. Jason Jones still owns and works at Bungie. Them back together would mean everything!

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StriderKiwi Kivos (on 10 January 2019)

Agreed. Halo's fallen apart under 343.

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Kivos Kivos (on 11 January 2019)

Why in the fuck have I been down voted so much for? This fucking sites community is horrendously BAD and full of brand loyalist

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