2022 is the year of big gaming acquisitions. Sony purchased Destiny developer Bungie, while Microsoft made a move to buy Activision Blizzard (though the deal has yet to be finalised). While reports are now swirling around about PlayStation potentially acquiring Square Enix, video game analyst Michael Pachter believes Sony should set their sights on WB Interactive instead, the publisher behind Mortal Kombat, Injustice and more.
Pachter recently discussed the big gaming acquisitions currently happening in the industry. However, he landed on the idea that Sony would be “really smart” to purchase Warner Bros. Interactive, who currently hold the rights to properties such as DC, Mortal Kombat and more.
Pachter’s full statement (transcribed by Gamereactor) reads:
“I think if Sony were really smart, they’d make a move for Warner Bros. Interactive. But Warner Bros. Interactive isn’t worth full price without the rights to exploit the DC Comics franchises. So it’s an open question whether Warner Bros. is willing to fix the license that is paid for those properties to, you know, $5 million a year, $50 million a year, some number that’s manageable, and commit that they will have a perpetual renewal.”
Sony already found massive success with their Spider-Man games, so it would be a big move if they managed to secure several DC heroes under their banner too, in addition to acclaimed fighting game franchises like Mortal Kombat and Injustice. Additionally, that would also mean that they’d hold IPs like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
Pachter went on to add:
“If you can’t make Warner Bros. properties like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and DC Comics, then it doesn’t really make sense to buy Warner Bros. Interactive. There are brands there that are really good. You know, like Mortal Kombat and Injustice, but Injustice has DC characters. But they’re about the only ones I can think of out there that are sizeable and nominally are for sale.”
Of course, Pachter’s words aren’t seen as worth investing in, according to fans, though there might be some fire to this smoke. Fanbyte Media editor Imran Khan, who usually has more accurate insider information, reported last month that WB Discovery were shopping some of their development studios around. Potential buyers included Sony, EA, Take-Two, Tencent and more.