Destiny developer Bungie is freeing itself from publisher Activision’s leash, announcing it’s in the midst of a handoff of the publishing rights to the Destiny franchise.
Bungie announced the rights transfer in a blog post on its official website. The developer expressed its gratitude toward Activision in helping the team build its community of millions of Destiny players, along with allowing Bungie to take on its the publishing mantle for itself.
“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.”
According to the post, the transition is already underway. The developer promises the transition will not interfere with its current roadmap plans for Destiny 2.
So what does this mean for Destiny going forward? Well, as Kotaku’s Jason Schreier puts it, this publishing freedom is something Bungie has fought for for a long while.
At today’s meeting announcing the news, Bungie staff cheered loudly. Can’t over-emphasize how happy they are not just to get away from Activision, but to have a game that they now own completely. Imagine a Destiny free from Activision’s restrictive annualized schedule!
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 10, 2019
Not only will Destiny’s release schedule presumably loosen up, giving the developer more time to polish content releases, winning the publishing rights to the series may also result in the removal of various design practices that were likely forced upon the team by its publisher overlords (looking at you, microtransactions). All in all, fans have a reason to be optimistic about the future.