Xbox is Acquiring Activision Blizzard, Will Own Call of Duty, Warcraft, and More

In a shock announcement, Microsoft confirms its plan to acquire Call of Duty company Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion.

In a shock announcement, Microsoft has announced that it is officially acquiring Activision Blizzard, with the deal reported to be for a staggering $68.7 billion. This industry-shaking acquisition will give Microsoft, and therefore the Xbox brand, ownership over some of the industry’s biggest money-making titles, including the Call of Duty franchise. Needless to say, this will be an absolutely massive acquisition if it’s approved, eclipsing Microsoft’s Bethesda acquisition from last year and standing as the largest gaming acquisition in history to date.

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Microsoft’s goal with its Activision Blizzard acquisition is to “accelerate the growth” of its gaming business across all platforms, as well as “provide building blocks for the metaverse.” Microsoft has pointed out specific franchises it will now own once the acquisition goes through, with notable titles besides the aforementioned Call of Duty including Candy Crush, Diablo, Overwatch, and Warcraft (including the ever-popular MMORPG World of Warcraft), and more. Classic Activision franchises will now fall under the Xbox umbrella as well, like Crash Bandicoot, Guitar Hero, and Spyro the Dragon.


When Xbox acquired Bethesda, one of the main reasons for it was to bolster Xbox Game Pass, and the same holds true for the Activision Blizzard acquisition. Microsoft has said that it plans on launching Activision Blizzard games as day one Xbox Game Pass titles, which means that future Call of Duty games and titles like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 will be available on Game Pass on day one, assuming the deal goes through before they’re out.

Microsoft also plans on adding previously-released Call of Duty games to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass as well. Specific titles weren’t mentioned, but one has to imagine that this would include basically every game published by Activision Blizzard that’s available to play on Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles. This means that Xbox Game Pass subscribers should be able to expect nearly the entirety of the Call of Duty franchise to hit the service at some point down the line.


The question remains what this may mean for brands like Call of Duty on other platforms. It would be massive if Xbox makes future Call of Duty games Xbox console exclusives, though that would also be leaving a ton of money on the table. Bethesda games will be Xbox exclusive moving forward, though, and so it’s entirely possible that will hold true for Activision-published titles as well, though specific details on how that will work have not been shared at the time of this writing.

As for what this means for Activision Blizzard’s troubled culture and workplace problems, it seems that CEO Bobby Kotick will remain in charge until the deal goes through, after which Activision Blizzard will report to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer.



Source: Gamerant

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