Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Call of Duty and Diablo publisher Activision Blizzard might be completed this week and in light of the buyout officially moving forward, Activision has assured players that the publisher’s games will only start being added to Xbox Game Pass in 2024. However, sources close to Windows Central’s Jez Corden claim that we’ll see some older Activision games still hit the subscription service as soon as the deal is finalised.
Activision released a statement on Twitter/X clarifying that it plans on adding its upcoming and recently launched games to Game Pass starting next year and not once the deal is closed this week. The publisher reiterated that it doesn’t plan on adding Diablo 4 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to Game Pass immediately but will only begin rolling newer games out on the service in the near future.
The full statement from Activision reads:
“As we continue to work toward regulatory approval of the Microsoft deal, we’ve been getting some questions whether our upcoming and recently launched games will be available via Game Pass. While we do not have plans to put Modern Warfare III or Diablo IV into Game Pass this year, once the deal closes, we expect to start working with Xbox to bring our titles to more players around the world. And we anticipate that we would begin adding games into Game Pass sometime in the course of next year.”
Jez Corden from Windows Central took to Twitter as well to confirm that Activision does indeed plan on adding some of its games to Game Pass when the deal is closed, though it will presumably be older titles and not new releases as the publisher stated. It’s easy to misread the statement as meaning all games but we believe the post is mainly referring to newly launched titles only.
Activision says it has Call of Duty games planned until 2027 so its doubtful that day one Game Pass releases in the franchise are on the table, especially since Activision’s business model relies on its annual $70 pricing.