The main goal of Bungie and Activision’s 10-year partnership is to allow the Halo creator to develop and bring out games based on their new action game universe with the backing of the publisher’s wallet and multiplatform development expertise. That, however, doesn’t rule out the possibility that Bungie may become involved in Activision’s intellectual properties as well.
“It’s a discussion that might come up, but they partnered with us specifically based on the vision that we have, and the universe and games that we want to bring to the world in the next decade,” community director Brian Jarrard said, speaking in an interview following today’s big announcement. “Who’s to know if there are other discussions where we have chances to work together in other areas, but that wasn’t one of the core talking points in making this deal.”
Bungie appears to be willing then, at least.
As for who will own what, it was immediately made clear that Bungie will hold onto all rights to the IP they create. But technology is a bit of a gray area.
“It’s pretty hard to quantify because there might be stuff that we specifically do for us, and there might be stuff that stems from collaboration that leverages some technology that they might already have,” he said. “I don’t think I can definitively say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to that. I think it’s going to be a degree of gray there that it’s just going to be on a case-by-case basis.”
Bungie’s new game, said to be already ‘well underway‘, may be announced as soon as E3 in June.