Activision Inks Decade-Long Publishing Deal With Bungie
Update: SCEA just sent over their statement concerning this news:
"The partnership between Bungie and Activision is a big win for gamers worldwide. Combining Bungie's creativity with the incredible power of the PlayStation 3 will add serious muscle to action gaming. We look forward to extending Bungie's 'next big action game universe' with PS3 users."
Bet you didn't see this one coming. ...then again, maybe you've been expecting such an occurrence after Bungie split with Microsoft a few years back.
In one of the biggest news breaks of the year so far and as reported by CVG, Bungie and Activision have signed a 10-year deal to produce games for "multiple platforms and devices." They will deliver Bungie's "next big action IP" to the market some time soon; this deal gives Activision the exclusive worldwide rights to publish and distribute all of Bungie's creations over the next decade. The developer remains independent and will retain the rights to anything they design, and Activision says this new deal "significantly broadens its global reach." What if that analyst is correct in his prediction? What if Activision really does plan to shut down Infinity Ward and transfer the responsibility for Modern Warfare 3 to Bungie? After all, Bungie is really only known for Halo and although we're talking about two very different styles of FPS...it's still the same genre. But either way, this partnership should be quite fruitful in the future, and we'll all wait with bated breath to see what games come down the pike. Should be fun.
And yes, it basically says Bungie stuff will finally be coming to the PlayStation platform. Activision doesn't really do exclusivity and there's that "multiple platforms and devices" statement. So, what say you?
4/29/2010 10:28:05 AM Ben Dutka