Even amidst two lawsuits from its former and current employees, Activision has nailed down a publishing deal with world-renowned developer Bungie Entertainment (you know, Halo). A 10-year deal.
Thomas Tippl, COO of Activision Blizzard and Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. (PRNewsFoto/ACTIVISION, Photography by Kevin P. Casey)
The agreement covers "new intellectual property on multiple platforms and devices", which Activision will distribute and publish worldwide. Come back to PC, please, Bungie, we missed ya!
It's noted Bungie "remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property" -- sounds just like the deal EA signed with "Infinity Ward reborn" studio Respawn Entertainment. If the two giants are on board with the concept of funding games but leaving creative control and ownership pretty well entirely up to the developer, it sounds like we've got a real trend on our hands, and a very positive one, too.
"Today, we’re poised to open a new chapter in Bungie’s history," reads the Bungie blog. "One that begins with a partnership between Bungie and Activision and ends where we always knew it would, with World Domination. Our Next Big Thing now has a concrete path, leading from our studio to the platforms of our choosing. The business formalities are behind us. Our Constitution remains unchanged. We are still Bungie, still independent, and now we are free to bring our stories to an ever bigger audience."
"Once the smoke clears, all the pieces will finally be in place for Step 7. Don’t worry, though. We won’t let World Domination go to our heads. We’re gonna keep making kick ass games on our own terms, and since you’ve been so supportive throughout the years, we’d love to bring you along for the ride."
Elsewhere, Bungie community director Brian Jarrard noted the studio wasn't too concerned with the conflict between Infinity Ward and its publisher:
“I can tell you that we at Bungie weren’t too worried about the whole [Infinity Ward] thing, because we’re independent and we have a solid deal. The key difference between us and Infinity Ward is that we are independent, we will keep our own IP, so I wouldn’t say it was concerning."
“[We were] just a little concerned about the landscape and the timing – things are a little volatile right now, but ultimately we got a great deal that aligns perfectly with what Bungie wants to achieve.”