Well, we didn't see this coming...

Destiny development studio Bungie has announced that after eight years, it is splitting ways with publishing goliath Activision. The developer today announced that following the split, the rights to Destiny will fall back to Bungie, who will handle all future publishing themselves.

In a blog post, the Destiny team stated "We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects."

Players concerned about what this means for Destiny 2 need not worry. Bungie stated that "The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible". The developers continued "with Forsaken, we’ve learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience. Rest assured there is more of that on the way. We’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months, as well as surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond."

"Thank you so much for your continued support. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. We know self-publishing won’t be easy; there’s still much for us to learn as we grow as an independent, global studio, but we see unbounded opportunities and potential in Destiny. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope. We hope you’ll join us there."

It's a massive shakeup, and it will be interesting to see where Bungie go from here. What do you think about the split? Do you think it will allow Bungie to make Destiny what it always intended it to be or will it be mostly business as usual for players? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!