Xbox Boss Phil Spencer “Looking Forward” To Working On Destiny With Bungie
Following the end of Activision’s partnership with Bungie, industry experts and gamers alike wondered about Destiny’s future. A pair of massive drops in Activision stock prices indicates that the publishing giant may be in serious trouble. Bungie and the Destiny franchise, however, look to be on the right path, and one of the industry’s most prominent figures is standing firmly behind them.
On Thursday, Bungie confirmed that they were assuming full publishing rights for Destiny moving forward. Shortly thereafter, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer tweeted out his support for the series. As you can see, he went above and beyond in terms of his praise for both the franchise and the developer.
Looking forward to a very bright future working with one of my favorite independent studios on one of my favorite franchises. Excited to see how they continue to grow and evolve Destiny.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 10, 2019
That tweet may seem like Spencer is merely playing his part. However, those are some extremely laudatory comments for a simple acknowledgment. While Spencer is by all rights a standup individual, many people believe his words to mean more. Bungie may be looking for a new publishing partner, and few measure up to Microsoft.
Of course, Destiny is available on multiple platforms. Sony may not be pleased about the popular franchise moving directly under their competition’s umbrella. Additionally, Bungie may be hesitant to work with another major publisher after the messy end to their partnership with Activision. There are plenty of variables to consider before supporting any partnership theories.
Assuming this is more than just a congratulatory tweet seems like a big leap to make. Still, Spencer didn’t get to the top of Microsoft by passing on investment opportunities the size of Destiny. One of the most popular shooting franchises in gaming, they would be a huge addition to any publisher’s stable. We will be sure to keep you updated on any more developments in regards to the future of Destiny.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).