Microsoft has been making waves in the gaming world with news that no one expected to wake up to. Microsoft has decided to buy the games publisher Activision Blizzard for the colossal sum of 68.7 billion dollars.
This news is massive. Microsoft now owns some of the most popular video game franchises in history. Call of Duty, Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, The Legend of Spyro, and even Candy Crush are all under the Xbox banner.
At a glance, you already know how popular these franchises are. Being owned by Microsoft is just going to open the doors wide in terms of imagination for their Xbox Game Pass.
Currently on Xbox Game Pass, you have the majority of the Halo franchise (including the new version of Halo Infinite), the Gears of War franchise, the Mass Effect franchise, and hundreds of other great games available to you from the low price of $9.99 a month. There’s an even better option with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99 per month, which includes Xbox Live Gold and EA Play.
Prior to the Activision Blizzard purchase, the Xbox Game Pass was a smash hit. Now imagine the video games that will be added after this purchase. Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer has previously publicly stated the following:
At the close, we’ll be offering as many Activision Blizzard games as possible in Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog. We also announced today that Game Pass now has over 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass.
Phil Spencer wants to load Xbox Game Pass with as many games as possible so people will be more eager to buy it. Now imagine having the Call of Duty Franchise, Crash Bandicoot Franchise, Diablo Franchise, Overwatch and so many other top selling video games/franchises all available for you to play whenever you want just for having that monthly subscription. While nothing is confirmed about what will be added to Xbox Game Pass, you know there will be some great franchises on the way – if not all of them eventually.
Another big question we have is if some of these popular franchises like Call of Duty will become exclusive to Xbox game consoles. If so, that’s a huge financial score for Microsoft. But we’ll have to wait and see what news about console exclusives comes out in the current year. Console exclusives are a great way to get more people to buy your game consoles, but they can also harm the video game itself due to the number of copies actually sold. It will be interesting to see exactly how Microsoft plans to handle this situation. It should also be noted that Phil Spencer said on the Xbox blog a comment regarding Activision Blizzard games on different platforms.
Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue supporting these communities in the future.
If you’re an Xbox fan, the news about this couldn’t have made you happier. Xbox becomes one of the largest video game publishers in the world. If you’re a PlayStation fan, this news might be a little scary not knowing which Activision Blizzard games will be universal and which games will be Xbox-only. If you’re a fan of video games, this news is going to be talked about for some time and the talk hasn’t died down since the announcement of the purchase.