Bungie Almost Returned To Microsoft Before Signing 2010 Activision Deal

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.

Would you have liked to see Bungie return to Microsoft back in 2010? Let us know below.

[source youtube.com, via gamesindustry.biz]