Destiny and its sequel Destiny 2 have been somewhat of an enigma in terms of video games. There have been so many missteps and false starts that fans wondered if the game would ever truly survive. We have covered some of the bad times for the game developed by Halo creators Bungie, but right now things are going a little better.
Destiny 2 released an expansion called Forsaken which did seem to fix the majority of the issues around the game last September. A further expansion titled The Black Armoury is currently being played by fans and whilst again there have been a few missteps, it seems to be scratching the itch of most of the game’s millions of players. There have been, however, some dark times with this game and its predecessor the original Destiny. Whilst no one can say for sure, much of the problems associated with the game have been rumored to be caused by Bungie’s partnership with game publishing giant Activision.
These issues vary from, deadlines which had to be met even though the game wasn’t ready, a model that required specific priced DLC’s at certain intervals and an overall exclusivity deal Activision have with Sony to ensure extra content exists on the PS4 platform. The rumors are that Bungie staff were growing increasingly frustrating at having to deal with Activision across the terms of their partnership. Fans of the game franchise have often lamented that the game would be far better if Activision simply were not involved. Well, for better or worse the fans have finally got their wish.
Yesterday Bungie announced that they would be ending their partnership with Activision and going down the self-publishing route for Destiny going forward. The statement is far too long to quote here, so check out the Twitter post below for more details.
Today, we're announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights for the Destiny franchise.
— Bungie (@Bungie) January 10, 2019
Who knows exactly how this will change things for Bungie and Destiny going forward, for the life of the current game Destiny 2 it seems that Bungie will still have to toe the line in terms of their deal with Activision. However, when Destiny 3 eventually rears its head, it could be a different story. The one things fans probably can anticipate is a delay in when Destiny 3 is ready for release. After a lot of bad press (some of it from ourselves) after Destiny 2‘s lackluster launch, it would make sense that Bungie would be keen to not release Destiny 3 until they are sure it’s ready to ship.
Time will tell on how this will shape things up, and this could be the start of a domino effect which sees other big developers moving away from the corporate giants controlling their games. There are reports that Bungie staff popped champagne and celebrated when the news came through. Blizzard staff has been rumored to be getting unhappy with Activision’s meddling also, though moving away from them would be a tad more difficult for Blizzard for a number of reasons I won’t go into here.
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