Microsoft announced on its official blog on Tuesday that it would buy the gaming studio behind many popular video game franchises, Activision Blizzard, for $ 68.7 billion. This is news that caught everyone’s eye, especially after a series of scandals at Activision, due to which, among other things, the value of their shares dropped significantly.
While some welcome Microsoft’s announcement, many are still wondering – will Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot, Warcraft and many other Activision franchises become exclusive to Xbox and PC? There is currently no definite answer to this question, but sources familiar with the case have revealed some information for Bloomberg.
According to Bloomberg sources, Microsoft plans to continue making some Activision video games for PlayStation consoles, but also plans to keep some content exclusively for Xbox. Thus, it is assumed that popular franchises such as Call of Duty will still retain their place on the PlayStation, partly due to the large community of players, but also the e-sports influence.
“I’m just going to tell players who play Activision Blizzard video games on Sony’s platform: it’s not our intention to pull communities off that platform, and we remain committed to it,” said Microsoft Gaming CEO. Phil Spencer.
On the other hand, Bloomeberg sources may be targeting content within video games, so for example, some packages will skins or mods in Call of Duty be exclusive to Xbox players only. It should also be noted that it is still unclear how the acquisition, if it does occur, will affect the day-to-day operation of many development studies within Activision Blizzard.
There is still time, because it is assumed that the regulators will approve the acquisition by 2023. Recall, if Microsoft’s plan really passes, this will be by far the largest acquisition ever seen in the gaming industry and in the company’s history.