Former Bungie executive says Destiny deal with Activision was “as bad as we thought it to be”


Ex-Bungie board member and composer Marty O’Donnell has stated Bungie’s cope with Activision was “as unhealthy as we thought it to be.”

In line with an interview O’Donnell did with the HiddenXperia YouTube channel, the Bungie partnership with Activision was made to ensure that the agency to have management over the IP, as different “huge gamers throughout that interval” wouldn’t agree to try this, together with Microsoft.

From the beginning, O’Donnell had reservations about signing the deal, however for the reason that agency promised Bungie whole management over the Future IP, a deal was in the end made.

Nonetheless, over the course of the connection, each corporations had totally different targets for what Future was purported to be, and in the end, the partnership dissolved. Regardless of being portrayed as an amicable break up, it was not a “marriage made in heaven,” in response to O’Donnell.

“As a result of I used to be in management and on the board of administrators once we went with Activision, if there’s any blame for going to Activision, I’m a part of it,” he stated. “There have been seven of us whole I believe [that] made that cope with Activision. We knew it was a threat proper from the get-go, and it turned out to be precisely as unhealthy as we thought it to be.

“I’m the one one who’s gonna say that, besides anybody who not works for Bungie, and anybody who not works for Bungie is gonna say, ‘yeah, it was unhealthy from the beginning,’” (thanks, GI.biz).

“We launched this franchise with Activision, naturally and over the course of time we each determined we had totally different targets for what we wished it to be, so we each went our separate methods.”

Bungie and Activision parted methods in 2019, with the developer gaining full publishing rights to the Future franchise.

Activision signed a 10-year deal in 2010 with the studio to publish Future. The contract was an “unique 10-year partnership,” with Activision holding unique, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie video games based mostly on the IP.

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