Director Luke Smith Addresses Destiny's Future Following Activision Breakup

Director Luke Smith Addresses Destiny's Future Following Activision Breakup

Destiny 2 director recalls "memorable past" when discussing series future.

Exactly one week after Bungie announced it was ending its partnership with publisher Activision, Destiny game director Luke Smith published a letter to fans. In it, Smith assured readers that Bungie is "committed to Destiny," and teased the future by remembering its "roots in a memorable past."

Last week, Bungie announced that it was splitting up with Activision, which has been publishing Destiny with Bungie for almost a decade. What's more, Bungie announced that it was retaining the Destiny IP and that going forward Bungie would continue to developer Destiny independently. Fans rejoiced.

Bungie says it will continue to release the content promised for the Annual Pass including some new content developed by Activision's Vicarious Visions for the Season of [Redacted]. But in a letter released today for Bungie's developer blog, Smith shared some long-term plans and stressed that Bungie is committed to Destiny. "We're thinking about what it truly means to be independent, what it means to self-publish, and crucially, what Destiny's future can now look like for our players."

Towards the end of the letter, Smith shares his thoughts about the future of Destiny, writing, "[w]hen I look ahead and think about Destiny and where it could go, I see a bright future, with roots in a memorable past. Not everything has been lost in the dark corners of time."

This could be a reference to the first Destiny which has elements that were removed for Destiny 2 that long-time players sorely miss. With Bungie now divorced from Activision, many players have expressed hope that the Destiny series will be free to return to some older, more hardcore elements from the first game.

In the short-term, Smith says Bungie is working on balancing the barrier for content, saying that the first Black Armory content requirements were too high and didn't allow enough players to just jump in. "We're exploring improvements and catch-up mechanics for players in the upcoming seasons," writes Smith.

For now it seems that Bungie is focused on keeping Destiny going after the break-up with Activision. Smith says a "majority" of the team at Bungie is working on Destiny, which could mean there's a small team exploring other projects. This could be with with Chinese company NetEase, which bought a minority stake in Bungie in 2018. But for the most part Destiny isn't going anywhere. You'll still be able to Play Destiny 2 on PC through Battle.net, and the remaining content drops for the Annual Pass should come out as planned.

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