According to reports, Microsoft has recently announced its second big acquisition f a video game publishing firm on Tuesday morning. “Diablo” and “Call of Duty” publisher Activision have intentions to sell to Microsoft for approximately $68.7 billion in an all-cash deal.
There are several reasons behind this decision of the company. One of them is that the firm has intentions to convey Activision’s game library into its Netflix-like video game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.
According to an Xbox leader Phil Spencer’s blog post issued on Tuesday morning
“Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog.”
Although there is no official information about if any Activision Blizzard games are also going to be rolled out as Xbox exclusives later, the several millions of “Call of Duty” players on Sony’s PlayStation 4 and 5 can sleep in peace.
However, Spencer did suggest those players an olive branch. He further added,
“Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward.”
It should be noted that it isn’t a direct verification that every upcoming “Call of Duty” game is going to keep rolling out to PlayStation consoles. Moreover, the company isn’t providing anything outside what Spencer noted in the blog post issued on Tuesday.
The tech giant has remained to promote the game on several rival platforms such as Nintendo’s Switch and Sony’s PlayStation 5, in the case of the firm’s acquisition of “Minecraft.”
Moreover, we can say the same for the acquirement of Zenimax Media by Microsoft that contain Bethesda Softworks’ “The Elder Scrolls Online.” For those who don’t know, it is an online multiplayer game that keeps operating on Sony’s PlayStation consoles along with Microsoft’s Xbox consoles.
Nevertheless, according to a statement given by Microsoft, a couple of significant impending games from Bethesda, such as “Starfield” in addition to the next “Elder Scrolls” game, are going to be customized to Xbox and PC platforms. This is going to allow for the possibility for a couple of upcoming “Call of Duty” launches to acquire the exclusive treatment also.
However, with this in mind, the tech giant doesn’t anticipate the acquisition deal to close at some point in the upcoming 12 to 18 months. Moreover, the games need years to develop. In case “Call of Duty” does turn out as an Xbox exclusive. Still, there are a couple of years for that.