The publishing deal that brought Halo's creators together with the publisher of Call of Duty has ended—two full years before it was originally slated to end.
Seattle-area game developer Bungie will soon become the sole publisher and handler of the Destiny online-shooter series that it developed in partnership with publisher Activision.
Bungie announced the news on Thursday via a blog post titled "Our destiny," in which the studio declared that plans were already in motion "for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny."
The post begins with a specific framing: that during the game's plotting phase in 2010, in order "to launch a game of that magnitude, we needed the support of an established publishing partner."
Bungie's post thus implies—but doesn't outright state—that the developer no longer needs said support.
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