Phil Spencer discusses the future of Activision Blizzard King following the acquisition

October 17, 2023 by No Comments

Microsoft recently acquired Activision Blizzard King, which means the Xbox brand now includes iconic franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch and StarCraft. While this may be exciting for some gamers, it also leaves many questions about the future of IPs and how Microsoft will navigate this acquisition regarding exclusivity and the vast library that Xbox Game Pass has recently surpassed. 30 million members.

During a sit-down interview Official Xbox YouTube Channel, Phil Spencer discusses the future of Activision Blizzard King following its recent acquisition by Microsoft, which was finalized earlier this month. With the acquisition of such a large publisher, the possibilities are endless as to what the Microsoft and Xbox brands can do to capitalize on what they now own some gaming IPs. However, Phil Spencer now seems more conservative about getting the most out of what Microsoft has.

ABK’s future on Xbox Game Pass

With a library now beyond Microsoft’s reach, it’s exciting to see Activision Blizzard King games making their way onto Xbox Game Pass, but Phil Spencer has confirmed that no ABK games will appear on Game Pass until 2024,

“This acquisition is definitely a long-term one. So the fact that we’re not hitting day one with a bunch of games dropping on GamePass is a bit of a bummer, but I’m very excited about the future.

It is expected that with the Bethesda acquisition it will take some time for many of its games to reach Game Pass. It’s also worth noting that just hearing the word “2024” seems like a long time before we’ll see franchises like Call of Duty on Game Pass, but the new year is only two months away so we should start digging into Activision Blizzard’s King’s Library subscription services in the coming months.

Will Call of Duty receive exclusive content on Xbox?

Understandably, one of the biggest questions asked throughout the acquisition was “What does this mean for the future of Call of Duty?” As we saw with games like Starfield skipping the Sony PlayStation after it was first announced, many understandably saw the move as a way to lure players away from the PlayStation to the Xbox ecosystem to play the hugely popular first-person shooter. Shooter franchise. Phil Spencer confirmed that the goal is 100% equal when it comes to Call of Duty, and whether you’re on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo, make sure there’s no platform-specific content.

“We have no intention of using Call of Duty in any way to get you to buy an Xbox console.”

Could we see the return of old IPs in the future?

With such a vast history of IPs, many gamers are wondering what the acquisition means in bringing back some beloved franchises. Some of the most notable IPs have moved on over time, such as Spyro’s Skylanders spin-off series, Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk, and The Last Vikings. Some of these may return in the future, but Phil Spencer notes that they will need to be done by passionate teams who want to make a difference, not motivated by financial gain.

“When we go back and revisit something, I want to make sure we do it to our full potential – not just create something for financial gain, but create something for a PR ad for a motivated team that wants to do something and make a difference and not deliver on the product.

Tony Hawk’s 1+2 remastered the first two games in the series to huge fanfare in 2020, leaving many confused when the sequel was canceled. There have also been discussions on social media among gamers about the possible return of Guitar Hero. It will be interesting to see if Activision Blizzard King can recapture the magic of the early games, but its main competitor Rock Band is still active with new weekly content for Rock Band 4, so at least some level of demand is still there. A new game.

It will be an interesting time in the coming years to see how Microsoft uses the acquisition and whether it turns out to be a good thing for the company and gamers.

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