After the bombshell unveiled today about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company may want to keep content as Xbox exclusives.
Today it was an important day to say the least for the gaming industry: Microsoft has indeed announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, spending almost 70 billion dollars. This is a staggering figure and never seen before in this market, almost negligible when compared to that expense with Bethesda several months ago. By grabbing Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has thus obtained ownership not only of some of the most important videogame franchises, such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Diablo, but also of historical IPs that initially arose on the Sony platform, such as the iconic Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk and Spyro the Dragon.
Obviously, this acquisition will immediately bring a great renewal to the Game Pass catalog, going to further increase the power of the Xbox brand, also inflicting another blow to Sony. We still find ourselves thoroughly processing everything that could imply the breakthrough that took place today, but among the most important questions, one arises more than spontaneously: Will Activision Blizzard games be Microsoft exclusives now?
Activision Blizzard exclusives coming to Microsoft platforms?
In recent years, Activision Blizzard has found itself facing a steep decline, especially due to a difficulty in revamping their flagship games, or in moving forward with the development of their IPs smoothly. In addition, Activision’s reputation has never been so grounded to date, due to the numerous lawsuits and complaints addressed to the company by employees, who claimed to have suffered severe abuse and discrimination. In November, Microsoft also took a rather strict stance towards Activision Blizzard, believing that it was considering changes in mutual relations.
Microsoft plans to continue to distribute Activision Blizzard games for Sony’s PlayStation but will also plan some Xbox exclusives, a source tells ushttps://t.co/LCC3Y6xFqW https://t.co/LZCoN3lcaX
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However, it is likely that there have been some interesting new developments between the two companies, and now Microsoft may have a way to keep Activision Blizzard’s games as exclusive. On Bloomberg, a person who says he is close to Microsoft’s bosses would have revealed Microsoft’s possible plan: apparently, there would be the intention to bring some games to PlayStation consoles too, but at the same time various content will remain confined to the Xbox. This is a similar approach to that taken by Bethesda, where the titles already announced for PlayStation will arrive in any case, but that may not be the case with regard to future ones. Furthermore, this new page written by Microsoft could also bring to an end the exclusivity that the Call of Duty and Sony franchise have had so far.
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