Bungie Announces Divorce From Activision Blizzard, Keeps Destiny Franchise

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Both Destiny and Destiny 2 have been uneven games, delivering a mixture of highs and lows, with Bungie often correcting mistakes and offering dramatically improved experiences with post-launch expansions.

Activision and Bungie have announced they are parting ways, despite having almost two years still left on the original deal's clock, with Destiny following Bungie out of the door.

However, the firm observed that the split is likely to benefit Destiny going forward.

Destiny developer Bungie has announced that their publishing partnership with Activision has come to an end.

Fans have criticized the game's use of micro-transactions, timed exclusives for PlayStation 4 players, as well as the frequency and quality of DLC updates (a recent piece of content in the game had to be "unlocked" by Bungie after players failed to solve the puzzle meant to access it). "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".

The planned transition process is apparently already underway.

Bungie is believed to have paid a fee to Activision to obtain the publishing rights to the Destiny franchise.

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

As Bungie takes over complete control of Destiny, Activision will increase it's focus on its other IPs. "Excited to see how they continue to grow and evolve Destiny". We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope. Bungie struck gold with the game after creating Halo for Microsoft. "We hope you'll join us there", concludes Bungie's statement. Destiny 2 was criticized by a lot for its micro-transactions and now that Activision is out of the picture, we're really looking forward to see what Bungie will do with them. It's likely that the price will gradually recover over the next week, but it's obvious that part of the investor base saw the divorce with Bungie as bad news for Activision.

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