In a surprise announcement, Bungie has announced its decision to depart from publishing-giant Activision. The announcement was made in a blog post.

Bungie spoke highly about Acitivision and its commitment that helped the developer realise its vision for Destiny. As Destiny continues to grow, Bungie feels its time to move out.

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.

The announcement comes after Bungie delivered Forsaken expansion for Destiny 2. Bungie has assured fans that the split does not affect the content roadmap currently in progress. Bungie has also teased “exciting announcements about what lies beyond”.

This is huge news for two reasons. The first is that Activision went ahead and agreed to selloff one of its biggest and most-successful Ips. And secondly, this means Bungie will receive less interference from publisher, allowing them to craft what they believe is right. This is certainly good news for the Destiny community.

Bungie says that the transition process has already begun and efforts are being made to make it as seamless as possible. Destiny 2 will continue to receive full support on BattleNet, the publisher announced on Twitter.