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Old 22-05-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Activision/Bungie contract made public

As a result of Activision's litigation with Infinity Ward over CoD, Activision's contract with Bunge was made public:

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The two companies first announced a 10-year publishing agreement in 2010, but this newly-revealed contract -- available via the LA Times website -- reveals that Bungie has agreed to develop four "massively-multiplayer-style...sci-fantasy, action shooter games." The first title is due to launch in fall 2013, with subsequent releases following every other year.

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While it may have been amended since it was initially put into effect, the contract also notes that Bungie would be entitled to $2.5 million in bonuses per year if it meets its budget and quality milestones. The developer would receive an additional $2.5 million if the first "Destiny" game receives a score of 90 or higher on the review aggregate site GameRankings.com.

Meanwhile, Activision has the option to terminate the deal altogether under a number of difference circumstances. For instance, the publisher can void the contract without penalty if the first "Destiny" game does not sell 5 million units in its first six months, or it can walk away at any point after the second expansion pack releases.
I haven't read all the details, but seems like a surprisingly harsh deal for Bungie, given their track record. Activision has quite a few easy outs outs in this contract.
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