Developer Bungie and publisher Activision Blizzard have announced a 10 year publishing partnership today. Bungie retains it's IP and Activision has exclusive publshing rights for games developed during that time.
Bungie was a Microsoft partner. They split from ol' Bill Gates and friends 3 years ago and have been independent since. I find it amazing that anyone would want to do business with Activision right now given they have multiple lawsuits pending against them from current and former Infinity Ward employees.
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