Bungie Joins Activision, Bungie Games On PS3 Now [Update]

Straight out of left field comes the news today that Bungie have signed a 10 year publishing deal with Activision, leaving Microsoft to join the multi-format publisher. So surely this means PS3 owners will also get Bungie titles in the future? Pretty exciting news, I may not be the biggest fan of Halo (and this doesn’t mean Halo on PS3) but it’s great to see a developer of this calibre now able to release games for Sony’s machine too. It is a surprise to see Bungie sign with Activision though considering the recent shenanigans with Infinity Ward. But then there are reports of this deal being planned for 9 months now, will be interesting to see where Bungie go from here! Update from Gamasutra

Bungie’s next project is “well along in its development,” but Activision’s new deal with the developer isn’t intended to supplant Call of Duty, says Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter.

UpdateBungie have confirmed their next release will be multi-platform

Full Press Release;

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.”

Members of the media can visit Activision’s Broadcast Media Center to download broadcast quality video, web-ready video and high-resolution images. Members of the media using Pathfire can take advantage of a Pathfire enabled video download. Sound bites from Thomas Tippl and Harold Ryan along with b-roll footage regarding today’s announcement are available for download. Broadcast Media Center: http://www.usngondemand.com/index.php.

Written by: Trev - Contributing Editor

  1. #1 by Eddie on April 29th, 2010 [ 44602 Points ]

    I was just about to post this….wtf…….I mean WTF!?

  2. #2 by Blackstaffer on April 29th, 2010

    Activision is the Darth Vader of the gaming business. I’m surprised that Bungie signed with them. Bungie was already hinting that it may go cross-platform with its next release, so i don’t think PS3 owners will gain anything by Activision’s deal. Though I’m sure we’ll lose out with more expensive games and DLC, this time from Bungie.

  3. #3 by Royalty32 on April 29th, 2010

    Bungie will suffer the same fate as IW. Dumb move to me. I guess Bungie doenst realize whats going on at Activision. Then again Bungie did work with M$ so i guess at Activi$ion they’ll feel rite at home.

  4. #4 by Gibb on April 29th, 2010 [ 2415 Points ]

    Isn’t there a small difference?.. Bungie still remains independent, which, correct me if I’m wrong, was not the same case with IW.

  5. #5 by hobbes on April 29th, 2010 [ 30486 Points ]

    not entirely sure what this will mean

  6. #6 by Royalty32 on April 29th, 2010

    I see what u sayin Gibb but why Activision, why not EA or Epic. I mean latley Activision has been releasing crappy games, such as Tony Hawk Ride, Prototype and i think DJ Hero as well. Yes it published one of the biggest games of all time but know look at what happening with that now. The only real reason i can see why Bungie went with Activision is for the money and to compete with Respawn in the FPS market. Now i could be wrong about all this but i strongly feel like those are the reason why.

  7. #7 by Trev on April 29th, 2010 [ 26623 Points ]

    Blackstaffer: Activision is the Darth Vader of the gaming business. I’m surprised that Bungie signed with them.   

    You could say Microsoft are just as evil 😛

  8. #8 by Trieloth on April 29th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    Humm funny funny. I hope they are creative enough to come up with something new that wont suck.

  9. #9 by Emrah on April 29th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    I wish Sony had snagged them..

  10. #10 by Royalty32 on April 29th, 2010

    I was just thinkin the same thing Emarah. Boi would that of punch M$ right in the nuts.

  11. #11 by EdEN on April 29th, 2010 [ 223096 Points ]

    Well, their release can’t really be multiplatform until they confirm the actual platforms. Multi is 3 or more, not just the PS3 and 360.

  12. #12 by Mike on April 29th, 2010

    LOL on so many levels. Unbelievable.

  13. #13 by Fleakitten on April 29th, 2010

    Wow! Why a 10 year deal??

  14. #14 by Jay on April 29th, 2010 [ 83116 Points ]

    lol, Activision of all places. Really? Oh well. Maybe they’re what Activision needs to turn their own image around (firing the CEO and other high ranking staff would be another one)

  15. #15 by Eddie on April 29th, 2010 [ 44602 Points ]

    Couple of things.

    1. Confirmed multiplatform by both Sony and Bungie at this time. Bungie’s press release stated Activision was chose for their multiplatform experience. Sony said the game is like Halo on Steroids.

    2. The 10 year deal is just for this single IP. Activision will have complete rights to the game for 10 years as far as sales, distribution, marketing etc. There is no indication that this deal will go more then 1 IP especially since everything in the press release is in singular form.

    3. Microsoft has confirmed that they are still in league with Bungie and will be working on future titles together.

    4. Activision is the number 1 Video Game publisher of this gen despite the drama and how much we dislike Bobby Kotick. There isn’t a better option.

  16. #16 by Jay on April 29th, 2010 [ 83116 Points ]

    I thought a couple meant 2? 😛

    I could see more than one IP coming from this, though. And even, wuite possibly, a Sony exclusive stemming from it as well, BUT it will probably just be another FPS (and I never cared for Halo), so it’s not that big of a deal. We really only get bragging rights out of this because a former MS-exclusive publisher is now making a game for the PS3 lol

  17. #17 by Eddie on April 30th, 2010 [ 44602 Points ]

    “Bungie’s Brian Jarrard has told UGO that it’s open to discussions on the off-chance that it may develop titles for other Activision IP, but insists the studio’s announced partnership with the firm yesterday over its new IP is the main focus.”

  18. #18 by Fleakitten on April 30th, 2010

    You know what all of this really means? HipHopGamer was right.

  19. #19 by EdEN on April 30th, 2010 [ 223096 Points ]

    So no Wii version of the game then…

  20. #20 by bob on August 5th, 2010

    bungie siad halo reach is there last halo game made by them which means that halo will not be on the ps3 but other bungie games might be on ps3

  21. #21 by Chief on December 29th, 2010

    Nice I can’t wait tell Bungie games come to PS3 I am not a huge huge Halo fan but I like the game and I also love Call of duty so mix to good gaming companys togather then you get GOLD!

  22. #22 by Fizz on December 29th, 2010

    Halo is garbage! I mean come on The halos are good but Reach was just terrible!!! Let’s see what bungie and Activision put togather.

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