It appears that Microsoft isn’t kidding around when it comes to bolstering its line-up of studios.
Just shortly after completing its acquisition of Bethesda and all its assets, a new report has confirmed that it’s picked up Activision Blizzard and all its respective franchises.
The deal is worth a reported $68.9 billion, and gives Microsoft firm control of the company.
Which begs the question – what will it do now to fix Activision Blizzard’s reputation, and what will become of the trouble that follows CEO Bobby Kotick and the board of directors, who have yet to directly the issues surrounding the company?
Those questions weren’t answered just yet. However, with the acquisition, Microsoft has made it clear that it hopes to create a stronger community for all of the company’s respective franchises.
“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft, in a press statement. “We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”
The acquisition is still in progress, so Activision Blizzard and Microsoft will continue to operate independently for the time being. However, Microsoft has confirmed that a number of Activision’s games will be on Xbox Game Pass, with more to come. This includes more current releases like Diablo II Remastered, Crash 4: It’s About Time! and eventually, Call of Duty: Vanguard.
This is a big deal, but here’s hoping Microsoft can follow through on their promises and make Activision Blizzard something good again. Fingers crossed!
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