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

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


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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