Microsoft probably won’t make Activision Blizzard games exclusively for Xbox
[Update – January 20 @ 5:15 PM ET]: Xbox boss Phil Spencer made a new comment today on exclusive releases related to the Activision Blizzard deal. In a Twitter messageSpencer said Microsoft intends to “honor all existing agreements with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Of course, Spencer didn’t specify if this meant new CoD games or direct service releases like Warzone. But it will be a matter of time before we know for sure.
The original story, published January 19, is as follows.
There are many questions after yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft has acquire Activision Blizzard for the tune of $68.7 billion. Specifically, the thought that annoys many players is: Diablo and Call of Duty exclusive to Xbox and PC? Microsoft Gaming’s newly crowned CEO Phil Spencer said the company is planning to bring the AB brand to Game Pass. However, that means Call of Duty PlayStation fans need to move? In another statement by Spencer, this maybe not the case: Activision Blizzard games will not be exclusive to Xbox and PC.
“I’m just saying to the players out there playing Activision Blizzard games on Sony’s platform: It’s not our aim to pull the community off that platform, and we remain committed to that.” Spencer said in an interview with Bloomberg. From the sound of everything, if you like Call of Duty on your PlayStation console, you won’t need to worry about moving elsewhere.
However, there will be new ways to experience the Activision Blizzard game. Yesterday, Spencer revealed that many of AB’s main franchises, such as Crash Bandicoot and DiabloWe Heading to Game Pass. But not all. The company “will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as possible in Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass,” according to Spencer. At the moment, it is unknown which brand will make the leap. But imagine Crash Bandicoot 4 and all its remakes on Game Pass are definitely cool.
Look to the future
When looking at the acquisition, and what’s exclusive to Xbox, I wonder what the future holds for Activision Blizzard games. It is true, the future of the company is still uncertain, what will happen to Harassment lawsuit is ongoing. But what about the company’s PC game launcher, Battle.net? Will it be left behind when the game is moved to Game Pass?
No possibility. After all, you can play EA games on Game Pass today, but the publisher is still holding onto its Origin launcher. It’s true that you can’t really compare Battle.net to Origin. One is obviously much more popular, as it’s the only place to play Blizzard games like Overwatch and Hearthstone. I imagine it will be around, co-existing with the Game Pass.
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