Microsoft recently announced that it will acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion (approximately Rs. 5,10,990 crore). The wheels have been set in motion and the deal is expected to close in fiscal year 2023. Activision Blizzard currently has famous titles like World of Warcraft, Diablo and Overwatch under its belt. One of the most notable franchises, however, is Call of Duty. This acquisition has thrown some clouds over the multi-platform nature of the Call of Duty games. Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, mentioned in a recent tweet that they are in talks with leaders at Sony to address these concerns.
In the tweetSpencer confirmed Microsoft’s intentions “to honor all existing agreements in the acquisition of Activision Blizzard”. He mentions that Sony PlayStation will continue to get Call of Duty games for now. Similar concerns arose when Microsoft acquired Zenimax Media in September 2021. Zenimax Media is the parent company of Bethesda known for titles like Dishonored, Doom, Fallout and Elder Scrolls. At that time, Microsoft also chose to honor existing agreements regarding Deathloop, which was launched exclusively for PlayStation 5.
The Activision Blizzard acquisition also signals Microsoft’s desire to dominate the mobile gaming space. Activision currently owns the mobile gaming studio King, developer of the Candy Crush games. Activision has also been able to successfully launch Call of Duty: Mobile for Android and iOS.
Recent reports have suggested that Microsoft plans to bring as many Activision games as possible to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service. In addition, it will likely turn some of these games into Microsoft exclusive games. However, PlayStation fans of respected titles such as Elder Scrolls and Call of Duty may need to purchase an Xbox console to play future titles from their favorite franchises when these agreements are in effect.
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