Bungie’s Destiny contract detailed; Marathon reboot in the works

Thursday, 24th May 2012 00:18 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Couldn’t be bothered slogging through all 27 pages of the 2010 contract between Bungie and Activision? Develop has done all the work for you. In addition to previously reported details of platform, schedule and bonuses, the contract reveals Bungie staff are free to work on a Marathon-related project; can move onto non-Activision projects after earning $750 million; that Valve, Epic and Gearbox are banned from developing ports of Activision-published titles; and that the first game has a total budget of $140 million. It’s well worth a look through so hit the link above.



  1. TheBlackHole


    I’ve always tried to sympathise with companies like this, who take lots of stick despite being one of many similar business, but you know what?

    Fuck Activision. That contract is some piece of work.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    @1 Is it though? I’m pretty sure those royalties are pretty generous compared to what a developer-that-isn’t-Bungie might be offered.

    There’s obviously a reason why they signed this contract, and not the 4-5 other multi-billion dollar deals they could’ve gotten without even having to ask. I’m guessing this isn’t a shit sandwich.

    I think the games business is unusually messed up, and the Easter Eggs and the specific Valve/Epic/Gearbox exclusion are extremely weird to say the least (not to mention the fact that employees only get two games a year?) but I don’t see how anyone is being explicitly screwed over here. At least anywhere that counts.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    I think it’s interesting to compare this one with details of Infinity Ward’s contract. We know Activision wasn’t happy paying $27 million in bonuses to just two people. I’m sure that affected its negotiations with Bungie.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. polygem

    i really don´t know about this contract stuff. what i do know is that i am superexcited about bungies next HUGE game and that they will also revive marathon. marathon! to port this game into today has so much potential. this is a bomb, like nuke. all this together is big news indeed. one of the biggest in the past 10 years or so.
    all this backed up “buy” “Factivision” – (really sorry for that)…makes it even bigger. all the love and hate beside. this will be insaneley huge. probably among the biggest and most ambitious game projects ever.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Da Man

    So apparently
    Bungie staff are free to work on a Marathon-related project
    Marathon reboot in the works‘.

    #5 3 years ago

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