Bungie: IW controversy does not put it off from working with Activision

Thursday, 29th April 2010 16:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Bungie’s Brian Jarrard has told VG247 that despite the scandal going on between Infinity Ward and Activision, the signing of a 10-year, multi-platform exclusivity deal on it’s next IP with the company is  an “exciting step” in the company’s future.

Speaking with Patrick Garratt in an audio interview here, Jarrard said that while he could not comment on the current controversy, Bungie chose to go with Activision due to the creative control it will maintain over it’s next game.

“It’s the exciting next step in defining Bungie’s next chapter,” said Jarrard. “It’s great to know that we can actually execute on the creative vision that we have for our next universe, and know that we have a way to get it out to as many people as possible.

“[While] I can’t personally comment or speculate about any of the happenings taking place [with Acti/IW], I don’t really know any more about it than I’ve read on the internet.

“Our relationship in this process started about nine months ago, so it’s the culmination of a lot of discussions and a lot of hard work on both sides.

“I think ultimately what’s most important to us is that we were able to establish a partnership and a deal that allows Bungie to keep its core values and the things that are most important to us, to make sure that we own our own IP, that we remain an independent company, and that we basically have creative control to realize the vision for this next universe.

“I think it’s impossible to draw a straight apples-to-apples comparison.

“We’re focused on having the best deal for our future, and I really can’t speculate or second guess on what may or may not be happening between Activision and Infinity Ward”.

Bungie has maintained since the initial announcement this morning that it will remain an independent developer, despite the new contract with Activision.

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  1. Dralen

    Bungie love getting Bummed, so its a no brainer for them :P.

    Lol I had to say it.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DeSpiritusBellum

    Looks like reality strikes another blow to internet drama.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. loki

    It is because you idiots.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Suikoden Fan

    as if they would say it does scare them even if it did

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Eon

    I’d think they would’ve been better off working through EA partners. Although the deal started ages ago so they couldn’t have predicted what was going to happen with Infinity Ward. They’re still an independent studio and as far as I am aware Activision will only be publishing games based on one new IP, so they could still work on other games outside of that IP and have it published by someone else…that’s how I understand it anyway

    #5 5 years ago
  6. The1stMJC

    Well honestly the Infinity Ward disaster probably helped Bungie in negotiations making sure the deal was solid and favoring them. They saw all the problems Infinity Ward ran in too and probably made sure their contract took care of those possible problems.

    #6 5 years ago
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