Former Halo and Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell has revealed developer Bungie was very close to being reacquired by Microsoft before signing its multi-year deal with Activision in 2010 (via GamesIndustry.biz).
In an interview on the HiddenXperia YouTube channel, O'Donnell explained that the deal with Activision "was not a marriage made in heaven at all," saying that the team at Bungie "knew it was a risk right from the get-go, and then it turned out to be exactly as we thought it was going to be."
O'Donnell also noted that Bungie was keen to retain complete control of its IP - something it wasn't able to do with Halo, which was owned by Microsoft - and Activision agreed to that. However, he revealed that Microsoft was "very close to making a serious [offer]… we almost went back, if you can believe it."
Bungie's deal with Activision has since ended, with the two companies parting ways back in January of last year. Destiny 2 is now entirely self-published by Bungie, with multi-year plans for the game in the pipeline.
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