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Bungie assumes full rights to Destiny franchise, splits with Activision

Published: 10/Jan/2019 21:16 Updated: 11/Jan/2019 11:41

by Wyatt Donigan


In one of the most unexpected moves in quite some time, Bungie announced that it will be solely publishing the Destiny franchise after splitting with Activision. 

Bungie and Activision have been in a partnership for the last few years for the production of Destiny and its subsequent sequel and expansions, but there have been rumors of strife between the parties for some time. 


Just a few months after the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken, Bungie has now announced that they are assuming full rights of the franchise moving forward. 

According to both Bungie and Activision, the move was a mutual one as the companies both look to focus on their own IPs to make the best products possible for their fans.


With Activision, we created something special. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world. More importantly, we’ve also witnessed a remarkable community – tens of millions of Guardians strong – rise up and embrace Destiny, to play together, to make and share memories, and even to do truly great things that reach far beyond the game we share, to deliver a positive impact on people’s everyday lives.

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.

Activision also released a joint statement on the major news: 

Destiny Game Director Luke Smith followed up the announcements with a statement of his own reassuring fans that they will be committed to “building Destiny for players who love it.”

Destiny 2 players on PC will also be able to breath easy with Blizzard announcing that the title will continue to receive full support on BattleNet and players won’t notice any disruption in their service or gameplay. 


The move has been met with widespread praise from the Destiny community as many feel that now Bungie will have full creative control over the popular franchise. 

Call of Duty fans also have reason to be happy with the move as the series is now the lone owned IP of Activision, which could allow the company to give the franchise more attention moving forward. 

Of special note, Vicarious Visions and High Moon Studios, both owned by Activision, previously put in work on Destiny and will now be free to work on other titles after the end of this partnership. The possibility remains that these studios can help with Call of Duty at some point down the line. 


Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost returns: new Exotics, Haunted Forest, more

Published: 2/Oct/2020 4:35

by Brad Norton


Destiny 2’s annual Halloween-themed takeover, Festival of the Lost, is coming back in full effect with a ton of new loot, challenges, and plenty of frights.

Each and every year Bungie shakes up the state of Destiny with a number of unique limited-time events. From Valentine’s Day to a Christmas-themed ‘Dawning’ takeover, there’s always something around the corner. Now, it’s that time of the year where things get a little spooky.


As we gear up for Halloween, the Festival of the Lost event is coming back in full force. From a complete makeover of the Tower to a ton of new loot, there’s something for everyone to look forward to.

While early leaks gave us a good look at what to expect, we now have full confirmation of everything coming in the 2020 iteration. Here’s a complete rundown of the upcoming Festival of the Lost event in Destiny 2.


When does the 2020 Festival of the Lost event begin?

No different from previous years, Festival of the Lost is set to coincide with this year’s Halloween festivities. You can gear up for the celebrations well ahead of time though as the season event kicks off on Oct. 6 and runs until Nov. 3.

There’s no exact time locked in for the transition, though events usually roll around at the time of typical Destiny 2 updates.

Be on the lookout for Festival of the Lost to start at roughly 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.


The Haunted Forest returns

Destiny 2 Haunted Forest eventThe Infinite Forest will be haunted throughout the limited-time event.

The Infinite Forest will once again be overrun by darkness during this event. Players will have a few weeks to “race the clock” and push through as many waves as possible in a timely manner. While you’ll be met with “ghoulish enemies,” the rewards are more plentiful than ever before.

“This year, we’ve added five chests to the end of the activity,” Bungie outlined in the latest weekly blog post. This means “five times the loot,” though you’ll need to prepare before setting on your run through the Haunted Forest.

After speaking with Spider, Cipher Decoders will begin dropping across Destiny 2. Regardless of what mode you’re playing or what activity you’re pushing through, expect to see a ton of these drop in a similar vein to Umbral Engrams.


Two weapons are up for grabs in the Haunted Forest loot pool. The Legendary Auto Rifles Braytech Werewolf and Horror Story can both be found in the chests and they even come with “new perk combinations.”

Frightful rewards are around every corner

Destiny 2 rewardsA handful of Exotic rewards are on the line throughout this event.

As with each seasonal event, exclusive loot is available throughout the Festival of the Lost. While the aforementioned weapons are one aspect to look forward to, there’s plenty to get excited about.


“A new Exotic Sparrow, ship, and Ghost are all wrapped up and ready for your collection,” Bungie confirmed. These three items are all unlocked through candy, though you’ll need to complete three specific Triumphs first. Completing Haunted Forest runs and opening chests will be vital.

Destiny 2 triumphsA look at every Triumph coming in the Festival of the Lost update.

On top of these, expect to see a wide array of Festival Masks throughout every activity during the event. “There are new masks available this year as well as some favorites from the past.” From villains to your favorite characters and even engrams, players can dress up as pretty much anyone or anything in Destiny 2.

Last but not least, each class will also be receiving a “new line of spooky universal armor ornaments.” Warlocks can turn into chilling vampires, Hunters can don a Little Red Riding Hood inspired outfit, while Titan’s can appear as monstrous beings with broken armor and chains.

Destiny 2 armorEach class will have a full set of armor ornaments to chase.

Be sure to get your Fireteam ready for some Haunted Forest runs over the next few weeks. Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost event kicks off on October 6.