Destiny fans that have been chafing under Activision-mandated decisions in the game can rejoice now, as bungie announced today that Activision is giving Bungie ownership of Destiny completely, allowing the company to set its own schedule for the game’s content and what it does with the game itself. More information will be coming soon.
Destiny first released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4 back in 2014, and despite a rocky start manage to become one of the most popular games of the time. Destiny 2 had a similar situation, with both games finding themselves marred by various decisions that were more than just a lack of content.
A marketing deal between Bungie and Activision forced the studio to keep a number of different weapons exclusive to the Playstation 4 versions of Destiny and Destiny 2 for a long while. It was only recently, back in October of 2017, that the exclusive weapons of Destiny finally ended up finishing their timed exclusivity, and there’s likely multiple Playstation-exclusive guns that have yet to reach Xbox and PC versions of Destiny 2. Console-exclusive strikes were implemented for similar reasons.
There was also the issue of the Eververse Store, which was heavily promoted in the opening months of Destiny 2. A way to get more players to spend real-world money on dances, emotes, shaders, ships, and Sparrows, the microtransaction store brought a great deal of criticism against the game for its overemphasis, as level-up rewards didn’t bring high-quality engrams for weapons or armor, but cosmetic engrams instead.
More recently, Activision and Bungie also ended up conflicted about the release of Destiny’s Forsaken expansion. While Bungie was happy with how popular it was, Activision apparently expected more, to unrealistic degrees. This, plus apparent internal troubles at Activision, might be the reason why Activision has agreed to let Bungie go.
Activision giving Bungie ownership of Destiny will allow the company to get rid of all of these objectionable decisions, and likely allow them to keep Destiny 3 from starting out the same way as the previous Destiny games did. Hopefully, with them able to set their own schedule and self-publish, they’ll be able to put out the kind of game that Destiny should have been to begin with.