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Bungie activision contract page 1

The first page of the Bungie-Activision contract (see article for link to full contract)

On May 21, 2012, a judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court ordered that Bungie's contract with Activision, previously sealed during discovery in the Activision v. West and Zampanella case, be unsealed.

The contract (full contract) was published in its entirety by the LA Times, and provided a number of pieces of information that were previously unknown and/or only speculated:

  • "Destiny" is the operating title for Bungie's next project.
  • Destiny will consist of a series of four MMO-style "sci-fantasy action shooter" titles, released every other year beginning in Fall 2013.
  • Expansion pack-style downloadable content (DLC), code named "Comet," will be released every other year beginning in 2014.
  • Destiny will feature a number of DLCs, microtransactions, and value-added paid services.
  • Destiny is targeting a "Teen" rating from the ESRB in the United States and a PEGI16 rating in Europe.
  • Activision, as previously confirmed, retains the exclusive right to publish all Destiny titles. However, Bungie retains ownership of the Destiny intellectual property regardless of its relationship with Activision.
  • Bungie will receive $2.5 million per year from 2010 through 2013 to develop Destiny.
  • Bungie will receive between 20 and 35% of cumulative operating income for Destiny, depending on the total amount of income.
  • Bungie is eligible for a number of performance and sales-based bonuses depending on Destiny meeting certain development milestones and sales goals.

End of Partnership[]

On January 10, 2019, Bungie ended its publishing deal with Activision, ready to publish on their own.[1][2] Bungie retained all rights to Destiny and Activision transferred all publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. Due to the deal ending, Bungie's partnership with Vicarious Visions and High Moon Studios, who both had been working on Destiny 2 content, also ended.