Ok, so my question is, “What’s going on with Bungie?” This seems to be a reoccurring theme with this company. Back in 2007, Bungie left Microsoft because it wanted to become an independent company. When they left, the also left behind their publishing rights for Halo. Then, three years later, in 2010, they enter into an exclusive publishing deal with a ten-year agreement partnering them to Activision. After a couple of years in this agreement, the Destiny franchise was born. Destiny has been a wildly popular and successful game franchise, but despite their great success, change is on the way. Last year, Bungie announced that it was also partnering with NetEase, which is a Chinese operated company that runs games like Overwatch and World of Warcraft. Now, Bungie and Activision are calling it quits on their ten-year agreement, one year earlier than expected. What has prompted this great split, and more importantly, what does this mean for the loyal fans of Destiny?
For fans of Destiny on PC, Blizzard has stepped in to reassure you will receive full customer support on Battle.net and you are not expected to see any interruptions to service or play. The official statement from Bungie is, “With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.” For me, it’s hard to read this as anything other than Activision is trying to jump ship, why else leave such a successful business? Despite this rare end to a beautiful partnership, Destiny director Luke Smith tweeted, “Guardians make their own fate.” A famous line from the game that resonates in the heart of all Destiny fans. Hopefully, Bungie is prepared to step up to the plate and continue to publish great game quality and content that we’ve seen from them in the past.
Despite these changes for Bungie, Destiny 3 is still expected to release in 2020. I’m curious to know how other Destiny fans feel about Bungie and Activision parting ways. Do you think Bungie will be able to produce the same or even better content as it has in the past?