Bungie is assuming the publishing rights of the 'Destiny' franchise from Activision.

Destiny 2

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The developer will mark the end of a 10-year contract after first launching their first game since 'Halo' in 2010, and cutting ties with Microsoft.

Activision said: "Today, we're announcing plans

for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise. Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects.

"Activision and Bungie are committed to a seamless transition for the Destiny franchise and will continue to work closely together during the transition on behalf of the community of Destiny players around the world."

Bungie has vowed to make the multiplayer first-person shooter video game the best it can be.

They said: "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."

There is no information on how this will effect 'Destiny 2' progress, however, the PC version - which runs on the Activision's Blizzard Battle.net - will "still receive full support on BattleNet and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services or your gameplay experience", Blizzard has said in a statement.

The news comes after Activision stated they were disappointed in 'Forsaken', but shortly after the director Luke Smith rubbished the claims and said Bungie were not at all disheartened by its sales.

He tweeted: "We are not disappointed with 'Forsaken'. We set out to build a game that 'Destiny' players would love, and at Bungie, we love it too. Building Destiny for players who love it is and will remain our focus going forward."