Bungie acquires publishing rights to Destiny from Activision

Activison's role in the Destiny franchise is at an end, as Bungie has now acquired "full publishing rights and responsibilities" to the sci-fi series.


After an eight-year business partnership including five long years of support for the venerable sci-fi series, Activision will no longer be part of the Destiny formula. Announced just earlier today, Bungie has acquired all rights to Destiny from Activision, giving Bungie the freedom to manage the future of the sci-fi series all by itself.

Update: the Blizzard Customer Support Twitter account has indicated that players should not expect any sort of disruptions to Destiny 2 through Battle.net. The original story follows below.

A joint statement from the two teams seems to point to an amicable split, with both Activision and Bungie stating that they "are committed to a seamless transition for the Destiny franchise."

In a separate update post made to the official Bungie website, the Destiny development team provided their own statement regarding the current state of affairs in the franchise, saying that the "planned transition process is already underway in its early stages," hoping that the "handoff" can be completed without any unexpected road bumps. Bungie also tells fans to "rest assured" that more Destiny content is in the works, indicating plans to release "more seasonal experiences in the coming months."

"We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny," the update post 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."

From here on out, the future of Destiny will be defined not by Activision, but by Bungie itself. There's little doubt that fans of the series will be thrilled at the prospect, especially those not terribly fond of how Activision does business. Time will tell what the shift in publishing rights will mean for the franchise, but until then, load up on all sorts of in-depth information by visiting Shacknews' complete Destiny 2 strategy guide.

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    January 10, 2019 2:45 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Bungie acquires publishing rights to Destiny from Activision

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      January 10, 2019 2:52 PM

      Yikes- down 6% after hours. I suppose that's a buying opportunity tomorrow.

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        January 11, 2019 7:30 AM

        Not sure what ATVI's prospects are looking like right now -- Destiny was essentially supposed to be their next Call of Duty. Now they just have... Call of Duty.

        I'm sure other divisions of their business like mobile are doing just fine and they're not going anywhere, but in terms of investor confidence, they really have not found that next big thing to prop up their boxed retail console revenue since the heyday of Tony Hawk/Guitar Hero/COD.

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      January 11, 2019 8:02 AM

      Major Nelson - "I'm looking forward to working with your future products!"


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