Bungie: 'We're still independent'

CVG: Bungie has emphasised that it is still a fully independent developer - following the announcement of its huge ten-year deal with Activision.

Despite Activision holding full publishing rights to Bungie's major new IP for the next ten years, the firm has withheld the rights to the property - a major difference to Activision's deal with Infinity Ward over Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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green2705d ago (Edited 2705d ago )

Am i the only one on N4G that has no problem with this deal? Its just for one bloody game.

"Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new INTELECTUAL PROPERTY on multiple platforms and devices."

Lay enfaces of the words IP not IP's

"Activision will broaden its portfolio with a new FRANCHISE from one of the industry’s most creative, successful and proven studios"

"We chose to partner with Activision ON OUR NEXT IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise,"

Its just an exclusive publishing rights for a new IP. Other teams in Bungie can be making other games and get someone else to publish those games. Why is everone acting as if they have been bought by Activision and all future Bungie games will be published only by Activision.

NYC_Gamer2705d ago

only people who should care about this deal are stockholders...

Daz2705d ago

Because half the people on the site only read the tital and dont read the full story.

-MD-2705d ago

It's still on 360 so I don't understand why anybody would care. Like you said it's just one IP. Knowing Bungie though they'll probably work on that new IP for the entire 10 year contract instead of trying to branch out.

Icyhot2705d ago (Edited 2705d ago )

You really think that Activision made a 10 YEAR DEAL with Bungie just to dish out 1 EXCLUSIVE IP -_-

Don't be naive... Do you think Activision would be that dumb. I mean it's AV we are talking about. The guys who milk the cow to death and you really think that they will just pull 1 game from Bungie..

Bungie has already said they won't do Halo... They already have plans to jump on the PS3 and do multi-plat development... So it's pretty much case closed, Bungie is gonna dish out games for at least 10 years for AV... In the mean while they CAN go back to Halo with MS since they are independent, but that will be only if 343 studios don't fill the big shoes of Bungie and start toying with Halo.

And lets be real, if the deal was for ONLY 1 IP, then why the 10 YEAR deal? Why not a 3 Year or 5 Year? Bugie will probably stick with the game and develop it and support it for sometime hence the 10 years... I smell a new 5 part series (of same IP if successful) launched every 2 years for AV.

Both Bungie and AV are sucking to each other.... I smell a long lasting relationship especially after AV lost their primary cash cow, IW.

i3eyond the Circle2705d ago

There was a point in time where the phrase was

"MS is milking Halo"


Do you see the contradiction here?

Xi2705d ago (Edited 2705d ago )

Bungie still owns the IP, so after that 10 year deal is done, they can make that IP for any other publisher if they wanted.

The bosses at bungie are extremely Smart, bungie is going to be rolling in the dough for the next 10 years, no liability, no consequences. They're going to take advantage of every ounce of support that activision can give and all of it free. At the end of those 10 years, they'll break free again and tbqh I wouldn't put it past them to start publishing their games independently.

Also, icyhot, 10 years is like 3 games. 4-5 years for initial game development, conceptual work, engineering, then 2-3 per sequel.

El_Colombiano2705d ago (Edited 2705d ago )

@i3eyond the Circle,

"There was a point in time where the phrase was

"MS is milking Halo"


Do you see the contradiction here?"

Actually, I see no contradiction. Microsoft is milking Halo *because* they would die without it. It actually adds up. They just got lucky and struck that deal with Epic for GeOW. Other than that, there are no games bringing the masses to Xbox.

mittwaffen2705d ago

This is completely wrong

Acitivsion have been upping prices on everyone and trying to milk very dollar they can, Bloody Kotex even said they want to exploit and pretty much milk very franchise they can. I dont want to be charged 15 dollars for every map pack, and get rippied left and right.

Its going to happen now that they can make pc games, there going to milk every cent like a greedy company does. Look at their CEO (Activsion) he looks like hes going to BURST (im sure that isnt fat, its money inside him; hes hiding it)

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saint_john_paul_ii2705d ago

as long as they dont make a shady deal in which they sell their souls to Activision (which is what IW did back in 03) then they're fine.

Dellis2705d ago

They got the best of both worlds, they are indepedent and got the number 1 publisher in the gaming world on their side, Bungie won big time.

mittwaffen2705d ago

I bet Activision were the ones begging for them to come over; now that IW is dead.

They need another franchise to rip everyone off on now that they only have PC gamers with Blizzard giving them the big bucks.