Phil Spencer hopes to launch Activision Blizzard games on Games Pass in 2024.

October 17, 2023 by No Comments

Speaking on the Official Xbox Podcast, Phil Spencer, CEO of Gaming at Microsoft, said that Activision Blizzard games are expected to launch on Xbox Game Pass in 2024.

Asked when Xbox aims to release Activision Blizzard games on Xbox Game Pass, Spencer said, “When we finished Bethesda, there was this incredible moment. We were able to keep a bunch of back catalog games and celebrate their history. The truth of the matter is that with Activision’s Blizzard King, the regulation process took a long time. And frankly, there was so much uncertainty in that process that we weren’t able to get in and work with it until the week before we closed or the week the CMA finally made their decision. Mostly Activision and Blizzard, in this case—on that back catalog of work.”

He continued, “So now that the deal is done, we’re starting that work. But there is work. And I think the Activision Twitter handle or the X handle– whatever we call it– you don’t have to call it that. -Gives a statement- I can’t call it that. But the Twitter handle has revealed something that talks about 2024. I think that is accurate. I’d love it if there was some kind of secret ceremony drop in the next couple of weeks. No. Certainly, when we think about the new games out there, I’ll be straight with people. If we’re going to put them on subscription this year, I’ll tell people. And I know there will be some frustration about that.

You can see the timestamp of podcast below:

Microsoft officially acquired Activision’s Blizzard King last week in a $68.7 billion deal.

Commenting on the deal, Phil Spencer said, “We love gaming. We play games, create games, and individually and collectively as a community we all know firsthand what gaming is all about. And today, we officially welcome Activision Blizzard and their teams to Xbox.

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