Microsoft confirmed that it has plans to add Activision Blizzard franchises such as Overwatch, Diablo and Call of Duty to Xbox Game Pass once the acquisition is complete. The news arrives in a blog letter recently published by Xbox boss Phil Spencer, addressing the acquisition as well as confirming the company’s plans to bring several of the publisher’s biggest IPs to the subscription service.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its plans to acquire gaming publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion – a landmark purchase not just in the gaming industry but the entire entertainment industry at large. An acquisition of this magnitude was destined to draw the attention of authorities, with UK watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launching its own investigation into the deal, among many others.
Spencer took a stance in a recent letter published on an Xbox blog post, reiterating the notion “gaming for everyone, everywhere”, seemingly reaffirming that Xbox doesn’t have plans to make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive – at least for now.
However, Spencer did mention in the letter that, through the acquisition, the company aims to bring Activision Blizzard’s treasure trove of games – including Overwatch, Diablo and Call of Duty – to its subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.
Of course, this should go without saying as Microsoft added Bethesda’s library of games to the service after acquiring the Fallout and Doom publisher. Fans predicted when news of the acquisition first appeared online that Xbox’s plan was to add several Activision Blizzard titles to Game Pass to bolster the service and make it more appealing and accessible for players and newcomers.
Activision Blizzard has a vast history of games that could potentially drop on Game Pass after the acquisition is complete. Beyond Call of Duty and the aforementioned titles, these include IPs like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Skylanders, Warcraft, StarCraft, Hearthstone and much more.
Source: Microsoft Blog