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#1 jdc6305
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Check it out Bungie signs 10 year publishing deal with activision.

http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/704328/Industry-Shocker-Halo-Developer-Bungie-Studios-Signs-Deal-With-Activision-.html

Three page with many questions answered.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/bungie-explains-activision-deal-interview

EDIT: :oops: I mean four page interview ending with this:

'Bungie explains Activision deal' Screenshot 4

Eurogamer: There's a similarity between the Respawn Entertainment guys deal with EA and your one with Activision. You both own the IP, you both remain independent. Is that something you think we'll see more of?

Brian Jarrard: We talked about that a lot with the Activision folks, and I get the impression you're not going to see a lot more of that, because to hear them talk about it - and I think it's better to look at their perspective because I have a pretty insular view of these things - but there aren't that many developers out there that can demand and get that kind of deal. I think you can count them on one hand.

So we're really fortunate to be in that kind of position in that we have the ability to embark on our own path and control our own destiny, and as far as if there's going to be a big change, I don't think there is, because I don't think there's enough developers out there that have the track record to attract a deal like this.

Eurogamer: The terms of the deal aren't being discussed but you've said it's a 10-year deal on this one franchise. Could the deal expand beyond that to encompass working on other stuff for Activision beyond this IP?

Brian Jarrard: It's certainly possible but it's not something that's specifically identified right now. That would be an incremental, secondary discussion that might come at a later date, but we have such grandiose plans for our next big chapter that it's going to take all of our best and brightest minds to work on it, so it's not going to be a scenario where we suddenly have three different teams working on three different projects.

Eurogamer: Yeah, so it'll be a while before we see Bungie's take on Guitar Hero.

Brian Jarrard: Yeah, I would say probably never? [Laughs.]

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#2 darthogre
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they better hire a good lawyer to look over their contract. I mean they better go over it and make sure there are no loop holes for Activision to screw them over.
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#3 SpinoRaptor24
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I hope to God this is just a sick joke.

Otherwise...:|

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#4 RichardStallman
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Finally!
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#5 Mestitia
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April Fo... Wait. :|

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#6 King-Arsenal
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Wow.. Not sure what i'm to think of this...
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#7 Twin-Blade
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Oh wow.... I'm one of the biggest Halo fans you can meet, but this is... I'm speechless...

Also confirms Bungies next IP is multiplatform. I'm not sure I will even buy Reach now, I refused to support Activision & now one of my favourite developers has joined them. First Blizzard, now Bungie.. I truly, truly hate Activision.

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#8 Ragashahs
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HOLY ****!!!!! did not see that coming

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#9 SecretPolice
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Umm, hmmm, ohhh.... I dunno what to say. :o

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#10 danish-death
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But why Activision..? Couldn't they've signed a deal with EA instead? :/
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#12 tutt3r
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**** ACTIVISION

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#13 BigBoss154
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Whoa, whoa, whoa...back up a bit here.

BUNGIE? REALLY!? :cry:

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#14 Legendaryscmt
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So....who's up for some mass burning of Bungie products?

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#15 BigBoss154
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Oh god, don't tell me they're replacing Infinty Ward to do COD games.

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#16 RichardStallman
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Also: >Bungie, the studio that created the Halo franchise, will be partnering with Activision for an "exclusive, worldwide partnership" the developer revealed this morning. The partnership will last FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS lol
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#17 SaltyMeatballs
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R.I.P Bungie.
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#18 balfe1990
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I am actually devestated...

I thought this thread was a piss-take....

I consider this a dark day in gaming history.. It's all gonna end in tears...

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#19 walkingdream
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OMFG WTF BUNGIEEEE NOOOOOOOOO You were my favorite developer.....not so sure now COD: War at Reach?
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#20 Mckenna1845
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i'm sure bungie will enjoy releasing a halo rip off every year, for the next 10 years.
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#21 BZSIN
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That's, er... wow. I really didn't expect to see anything like this happen. I really am lost for words :shock:

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#22 SpinoRaptor24
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I just don't understand. Didn't Bungie leave MS to be more independent? Why did they sign a 10 year contract with one of the worst publishers in the industry?

I seriously couldn't be more disappointed in Bungie.

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#23 jun_aka_pekto
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Too many hysterical over this. Just do what I do. If the games they make are good, buy em. If not, ignore em. I don't care if they made a pact with the prince of darkness.

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#24 ZippySlappy
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Haha. Bungie got screwed.

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#25 Sandvichman
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Lol, does anyone really believe this?

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#26 sonicmj1
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Let's calm down a little bit here, people. Take a closer look at the press release. I will quote a bit for your convenience.

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. Press Release

So this means that:

  • Bungie is not owned by Activision, as Infinity Ward is.
  • Bungie owns this new IP that Activision will publish. This will make it harder for Activision to screw with that IP.
  • Bungie's deal only extends to the unnamed new IP. They can publish other sorts of games with any publisher.

Still, I'm rather shocked. This sort of deal seemed to be something that only EA did. Given all the Infinity Ward drama going on, you'd think that other FPS developers would steer away from Activision.

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#27 Sandvichman
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This is a joke, right?

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#28 ZippySlappy
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This is a joke, right?

Sandvichman

Doesn't look like it.

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#29 sonicmj1
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Lol, does anyone really believe this?

Sandvichman

Well, there's a news story about it on Bungie's site, as well as on Activision's site.

Unless this is some elaborate prank that both companies are in on, it seems to be true.

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#30 dog_dirt
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Let's calm down a little bit here, people. Take a closer look at the press release. I will quote a bit for your convenience.

[QUOTE="Press Release"]

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. sonicmj1

So this means that:

  • Bungie is not owned by Activision, as Infinity Ward is.
  • Bungie owns this new IP that Activision will publish. This will make it harder for Activision to screw with that IP.
  • Bungie's deal only extends to the unnamed new IP. They can publish other sorts of games with any publisher.

Still, I'm rather shocked. This sort of deal seemed to be something that only EA did. Given all the Infinity Ward drama going on, you'd think that other FPS developers would steer away from Activision.

nobody will read that. SW is all about knee jerk reactions instead of facts.
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#31 sonicmj1
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Really, the bigger news here (even if it was foreshadowed by Bungie going independent) is that the developer of the 360's biggest exclusive IP is going to be putting out a new property that's multiplatform.

This probably means that Bungie's going to be making a PS3 game for the first time.

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Let's calm down a little bit here, people. Take a closer look at the press release. I will quote a bit for your convenience.

[QUOTE="Press Release"]

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. sonicmj1

So this means that:

  • Bungie is not owned by Activision, as Infinity Ward is.
  • Bungie owns this new IP that Activision will publish. This will make it harder for Activision to screw with that IP.
  • Bungie's deal only extends to the unnamed new IP. They can publish other sorts of games with any publisher.

Still, I'm rather shocked. This sort of deal seemed to be something that only EA did. Given all the Infinity Ward drama going on, you'd think that other FPS developers would steer away from Activision.

I'm glad Bungie isn't being messed with since I've just recently started to become interested in their work now that they have moved away from Master Chief. I've had a ban going on Activision for quite some time now so I was a little caught off guard by this, but I'm glad to see that Bungie as a whole is being unaffected. Still not liking the idea of them having anything to do with Activision and whatever they release I'll pass since it will be under Actvision's name.
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#33 SecretPolice
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Wait wait wait, wouldn't this mean that first..... MS had to pass on this new Bungie IP ?

WTH !!!!

EDIT: I have no doubt this is a legit story but I really really want, need a statement from MS on this deal.

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#34 blue_hazy_basic  Moderator
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I'm stunned, after all the crap with IW went down you'd think any dev would be screaming in the opposite direction .... this is real right? :?
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#35 walkingdream
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OMFG this is funny Bungie's forums are going nuts
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Really, the bigger news here (even if it was foreshadowed by Bungie going independent) is that the developer of the 360's biggest exclusive IP is going to be putting out a new property that's multiplatform.

This probably means that Bungie's going to be making a PS3 game for the first time.

sonicmj1

I don't mind Bungie's future games going multiplat. It's just that I honestly don't want to support Activision any further.

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#37 walkingdream
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Wait wait wait, wouldn't this mean that first..... MS had to pass on this new Bungie IP ?

WTH !!!!

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Yeah that part doesn't make sense
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#38 PabloEscobar20
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Activision is just going topublish their games. All the rights of the future games and franchises will still belong to Bungie.

Activision didn't just buy out Bungie. They just signed a contract to publish their games.

No need to panic.

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#39 SpinoRaptor24
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OMFG this is funny Bungie's forums are going nuts walkingdream

Yeah no kidding.

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Activision? really Bungie? :?
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[QUOTE="walkingdream"]OMFG this is funny Bungie's forums are going nuts SpinoRaptor24

Yeah no kidding.

lol wow! At least cows should be happy as this practically guarantees any future Bungie releases will also be on the PS3.
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Let's calm down a little bit here, people. Take a closer look at the press release. I will quote a bit for your convenience.

[QUOTE="Press Release"]

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. sonicmj1

So this means that:

  • Bungie is not owned by Activision, as Infinity Ward is.
  • Bungie owns this new IP that Activision will publish. This will make it harder for Activision to screw with that IP.
  • Bungie's deal only extends to the unnamed new IP. They can publish other sorts of games with any publisher.

Still, I'm rather shocked. This sort of deal seemed to be something that only EA did. Given all the Infinity Ward drama going on, you'd think that other FPS developers would steer away from Activision.

Activision still profits. I was hoping with the loss of IW developers, Activision would crash & burn. The devil of the gaming industry would be destoryed. But now my favourite developer has renewed them. I'm seriously considering skipping Halo Reach, my most anticipated game this generation. If it means boycotting my favourite game in my own personal attempt to bring down the cancer of the industry, I'll do it.

I could always buy it used...

Edit: I should note that (as far as I know) Activision aren't able to profit from Reach, but while Bungie are in partnership with them, Bungie isn't getting any of my money.

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#43 SilentlyMad
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Man I can not believe this after all the IW stuff. I think this is going to be something Bungie regrets later.
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#44 walkingdream
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Maybe this is all part of Bungie's plan for world domination? :p
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#45 Sandvichman
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NON FACETE NOBIS CALCITRARE VESTRUM PERINÆUM

This is what the headline was, why do i get the feeling that this is just a bad joke?

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Wow Bungie, i used to respect you guys... Heck, whats wrong with going with MS, good funding and marketing.
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#47 Malta_1980
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I hope Bungie will have full control as regards what games to make & total freedom on how to make them.. whats sure is that Bungie's next titles will be multiplats...

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[QUOTE="sonicmj1"]

Let's calm down a little bit here, people. Take a closer look at the press release. I will quote a bit for your convenience.

[QUOTE="Press Release"]

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. dog_dirt

So this means that:

  • Bungie is not owned by Activision, as Infinity Ward is.
  • Bungie owns this new IP that Activision will publish. This will make it harder for Activision to screw with that IP.
  • Bungie's deal only extends to the unnamed new IP. They can publish other sorts of games with any publisher.

Still, I'm rather shocked. This sort of deal seemed to be something that only EA did. Given all the Infinity Ward drama going on, you'd think that other FPS developers would steer away from Activision.

nobody will read that. SW is all about knee jerk reactions instead of facts.

However in light of recent happening with IW and Activision as a whole, I don't feel as though the concerns are unfounded. of course it may all just be as you said, just knee jerk reactions

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#49 Grawse
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I really wanted Bungie to sign with EA :(

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#50 sonicmj1
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NON FACETE NOBIS CALCITRARE VESTRUM PERINÆUM

This is what the headline was, why do i get the feeling that this is just a bad joke?

Sandvichman

Because you want this whole thing to be a bad joke. It isn't.

Unless Activision hates themselves, and wants to get in stupid amounts of trouble by putting out a false press release as a publicly traded company, this is 100% true.