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Bungie: Activision "really committed to being hands-off" with new IP

Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell has said Activision is keeping its distance with the developer regarding the studio's next big universe, saying it's committed to "being hands-off."

O'Donnell told IG that Acti is looking to stay behind the scenes and provide whatever else it could as the publisher, but is being careful not to meddle.

"Not only were we excited about the contract that we were able to get with Activision but they seem really committed to being hands-off," he said.

"They really seem committed to agreeing that they are the publishers and they need to support in all the ways publishers support [titles] and they were looking for developers that were completely self-sufficient essentially - except maybe we need some money once in a while - but self-sufficient in terms of not needing to depend on them for production or development or some of these other things.

"They want a team that has a proven track record - a team that can go out and get it done. And so the hands-off nature of it is really appealing to us. Right now, maybe this is the honeymoon period, but it seems like the right thing for us at this time."

Activision entered into a ten-year publishing deal with Bungie on its next big universe last April - Bungie will still maintain IP rights - with a reveal at E3 expected.

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