Halo developer Bungie enters 10-yr partnership with Activision

Halo developer Bungie enters 10-year partnership with Activision

Simply if you thought issues could not get any weirder at Activision. Bungie has simply introduced that it has entered right into a ten-yr publishing settlement with Activision, which can obtain unique, worldwide rights to publish all video games based mostly on Bungie’s “subsequent massive motion recreation universe.” The deal additionally notes that Activision could have the rights to publish stated video games on “a number of platforms and units,” which means Bungie’s longstanding Xbox exclusivity might come to an finish.

Moreover, the settlement specifies that Bungie will stay an unbiased firm and can retain all rights to its mental property. Bungie president Harold Ryan notes that the 2 corporations have been engaged on the deal “over the previous 9 months.”

The specificity of the settlement is noteworthy, particularly that Activision solely has rights to publish video games based mostly on Bungie’s new mental property — its “subsequent huge motion recreation universe,” no matter that could be. The truth that Bungie will retain possession of its IP is especially fascinating, particularly in mild of the widening rift between Activision and Infinity Ward.

When Bungie famously cut up with Microsoft in 2007, it was assumed Microsoft would retain first proper of refusal on any future Bungie tasks. It is unclear why (or if) Microsoft refused Bungie’s newest challenge, although the corporate’s obvious multiplatform ambitions would offer a possible rationalization — that’s, assuming Bungie does not have multiple venture within the pipeline.

Replace: Added commentary from Activision’s Thomas Tippl and Bungie’s Harold Ryan after the break.

Halo developer Bungie enters 10-year partnership with Activision
[Activision Blizzard’s Thomas Tippl (left) & Bungie’s Harold Ryan (right)]

In a sound-chew-crammed B-roll video relating to the announcement of the “floor-breaking, 10-yr partnership between Bungie, one of many biggest builders on the planet and the makers of Halo, with Activision, the #1 online game writer,” we’re handled to some particulars on that partnership thanks to at least one Mr. Thomas Tippl from Activision and Harold Ryan from Bungie. We have transcribed the highlights under:


  • “At the moment is a incredible day for Activision and Bungie as a result of we’re bringing collectively one of many world’s biggest builders with the #1 writer in video video games.”
  • “Immediately we’re very excited to announce a floor-breaking, 10-yr partnership between Bungie, one of many biggest builders on the planet and the makers of Halo, with Activision, the #1 online game writer, will deliver their new mental property to followers, worldwide, throughout all platforms.”
  • “This settlement is about bringing Bungie’s new mental property to players worldwide on the platform of their selection, and on the similar time, additional drive Activision’s worthwhile progress alternatives in a method that is accretive to working revenue margins.”
  • “This partnership is nice for Activision as a result of it strengthens our lengthy-time period progress elements, it is financially engaging as a result of it is accretive to our working revenue margins, and I consider may even profit from the artistic collaboration with Bungie and bringing our experience because the #1 on-line gaming firm to this partnership.”
  • “Nicely, we’re all the time taking a look at alternatives to convey nice video games to players worldwide. There are only a few studios on the earth with the caliber of Bungie, with a monitor document of creating nice video games that promote, and as such we started discussions with Bungie about 9 months in the past and we’re very glad and excited that immediately we’re able to announce a ten-yr alliance.”


  • “As an unbiased developer, this alliance permits Bungie the chance to deliver our subsequent gaming universe and IP to the most important attainable viewers.”
  • “The alliance between Bungie and Activision is a superb alliance and is definitely a tremendous alternative for each corporations. Bungie is all the time on the lookout for the perfect associate to convey our universes and tales to a worldwide viewers and Activision is one of the best associate for this.”

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