Phil Spencer Wants Activision-Blizzard to Work On ‘a Variety of Franchises’

It may just be January, but it’s hard to imagine any gaming news topping Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Not only is this a huge investment even for a tech giant at Microsoft, but it’s going to be scrutinized regarding monopoly laws, Microsoft will become responsible for repairing Activision Blizzard’s workplace culture, and far more. It’s a huge gamble, no matter how one looks at it, but it seems Microsoft is looking at it in terms of one pure and simple thing: video games.


As many know, Activision has largely moved its studios to working on Call of Duty. Toys for Bob, which developed Crash Bandicoot 4, is currently assisting with Call of Duty, while Vicarious Visions, which developed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, was tied into Blizzard. While Call of Duty remains a best-seller year after year, it hasn’t led to much variation in Activision Blizzard’s catalog, and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer seemingly wants to change that.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Spencer indicate he wanted to give developers more freedom once the deal closes (which is expected around July 2023). Specifically, per The Washington Post, Spencer said the Xbox team “will talk with developers about working on a variety of franchises.” There is far more under Activision Blizzard’s belt than Call of Duty, after all, which Activision Blizzard shied away from in pursuit of multiplayer games.

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These include, but are not limited to, Prototype, Singularity, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, and more. In terms of the Activision-Blizzard IP list, Spencer also stated the following: “I was looking at the IP list. I mean, let’s go! King’s Quest, Guitar Hero…I should know this, but I think they got Hexen.” July 2023 may be a while away, meaning any new iterations within these franchises is even further away, but Spencer is seemingly planning the transition with this in mind.

As Spencer said, “we’re hoping that we’ll be able to work with [the developers] when the deal closes to make sure we have resources to work on franchises that I love from my childhood and that the teams really want to get. I’m looking forward to these conversations. I really think it’s about adding resources and increasing capability.”

Again, right now, there are so many variables in this acquisition that every point of debate right now cannot be definitively answered. While many believe Call of Duty will become Xbox exclusive much like Starfield and Elder Scrolls, some believe it will remain multi-platform like Minecraft. At the very least, many are hoping this becomes a good thing for Xbox, gaming in general, and the developers at Activision Blizzard.

Source: The Washington Post (via VGC)

Source: Gamerant

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