Bungie + Activision: BFFs 4 Eva

Game developer Bungie LLC, who have made a few games you may have heard of, announced yesterday that they have signed an exclusive 10-year publishing and distribution agreement with Activision. Bungie was acquired by Microsoft in 2000, but split from the hardware/software giant in 2007 to become a privately-owned company, which it remains under the new deal with Activision. Among other things, this means that the age of Xbox-exclusive Bungie games is essentially over. A new intellectual property is in the works, and Activision will be publishing it across all platforms.

Here’s the press release:

Kirkland, WA and Santa Monica, CA — April 29, 2010 — Bungie, the developer of blockbuster game franchises including Halo, Myth and Marathon, and Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, the #1 online games publisher (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that they have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership to bring Bungie’s next big action game universe to market. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and devices. Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The groundbreaking alliance will provide Bungie its first such partnership since splitting off from Microsoft in 2007, significantly broadening its global reach by providing the resources and support to develop, distribute and release games worldwide on multiple platforms and devices.

Activision will broaden its portfolio with a new franchise from one of the industry’s most creative, successful and proven studios, whose games have sold more than 25 million units worldwide. To date, Bungie’s Halo games have generated approximately $1.5 billion in revenues, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack and GfK. Activision expects this agreement to be accretive to its operating margins as of the release of the first game.

“We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise,” said Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. “From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences.”

“Bungie is one of the premier studios in our industry and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with their talented team over the next decade,” stated Thomas Tippl, Chief Operating Officer of Activision Blizzard. “Bungie has developed some of the most compelling and successful games, multiplayer experiences and thriving fan communities, and this alliance underscores our long-standing commitment to foster the industry’s best creative talent. Our unprecedented partnership with Bungie will enable us to broaden our pipeline of exciting new games as we continue to strengthen our industry position and pursue long-term growth opportunities.”

Joe Statten and Brian Jarrard sat down with fan site HBO to talk about the deal. The interview starts off pretty silly, but there may be some interesting info buried in there.

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3 Responses

  1. This comic normally sucks shit, but they have a point:

  2. […] game in the series. Having signed a long-term publishing and distribution agreement with Activision back in April, Bungie will be moving on to new multi-platform projects. Although 343 Studios is expected to carry […]

  3. […] the meantime, here’s some interesting Halo: Reach news. As we discussed a while back, Bungie won’t be making any more Halo games for the foreseeable future, moving on as they are […]

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