Bungie and its Destiny IP were seen as one of the crown jewels of Activision Blizzard, even despite some recent missed sales targets. Bungie struck gold with the game after creating Halo for Microsoft.
The move has been met with widespread praise from the Destiny community as many feel that now Bungie will have full creative control over the popular franchise. It would also like to assure players that it will deliver on the current Destiny road map, so there's no need to worry about this breaking up the flow of your game.
In a blog post announcing the split, Bungie suggests that things will proceed as normal from here, noting that it plans to stick with the "existing Destiny roadmap". Bungie says it is thankful to Activision for what they have accomplished together, but it looks forward to publishing Destiny on its own.
Bungie and Activision are now officially going their separate ways. As an independent studio setting out to build a brand new experience, we wanted a partner willing to take a big leap of faith with us. It makes sense for them to do it themselves for new Destiny content, but what about games outside of that universe and any new IP it tries to establish?
"We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny", the company writes. SEC Activision said, "Bungie (will) assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise". Bungie also said they are looking forward to "surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond", potentially referencing a sequel or expansion to Destiny 2 Forsaken. Rest assured there is more of that on the way... Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. Perhaps the developer wishes to publish that game independently and it is leading to this decision. Here's to you, to us, and to all of the adventures that await in 2019.
This news comes as Activision executives has been upset over the lack of revenue from Destiny and Bungie's desire to go in a different direction.