Microsoft announced on the afternoon of this Tuesday, January 18, the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. If the purchase is formalized as expected in March 2023 (Microsoft waiting regulatory bodies approve it in fiscal year 2023), the Xbox Game Studios catalog will include sagas as long-lived and renowned as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot Y Candy Crush Developed by studios like Infinity Ward, Toys for Bob, Blizzard Entertainment and King.
As, las main sagas that will be part of the Xbox catalog are:
- Call of Duty
- Crash Bandicoot
- Guitar Hero
- Tony Hawk’s
- Spyro / Skylanders
- Warcraft / World of Warcraft
- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
- Heroes of the Storm
- Candy Crush Saga
To them we must add other less popular but numerous licenses. Only by Activision are: 3D Ultra Minigolf, Assault Heroes, Cabela’s, Geometry Wars, King’s Quest, Pitfall!, Space Quest Y True Crime, Blur, DJ Hero, Empire Earth, Gabriel Knight, Gun, witches, Interstate ’76, Laura Bow Mysteries, Phantasmagoria, Police Quest, Prototype, Quest for Glory Singularity, Solder of Fortune, Tenchu, TimeShift Y Zork.
They are also RPM Racing, The Lost Vikings Y Rock n’ Roll Racing by Blizzard Entertainment; and numerous titles of the serie Saga (Pet Rescue Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Diamond Diaries Saga) Y Knighthood by King.
The studios that will be integrated into Xbox Game Studios
If the agreement is formalized, Microsoft will integrate into the Xbox Game Studios ecosystem dozens of studios totaling more than 10,000 employees, both developers and organizers of esports activities (the agreement includes Major League Gaming) and publishers such as Activision Publishing. They are the following.
- Activision Shanghai
- Beeonox (Call of Duty, especially the PC versions)
- Demonware (specialized in online functions for CoD)
- Digital Legends (from Barcelona, works in a CoD mvil)
- High Moon Studios (Transformers, support in CoD Y Destiny)
- Infinity Ward (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
- Raven Software (co-development of CoD; Focused on CoD: Warzone)
- Sledgehammer Games (Call of Duty: Vanguard)
- Solid State (works with Digital Legends on the CoD mobile)
- Toys for Bob (Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time!)
- Treyarch (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
Blizzard has nine studies around the world, including Vicarious Visions, who have developed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Y Diablo 2: Resurrected. The company is divided into big five groups. Team 1 is focused on Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm and remasters; Team 2 in creating content for Wold of Warcraft; Team 3 in the saga Diablo and the next Diablo 4 Y Diablo Immortal; team 4 in Overwatch Y Overwatch 2; and Team 5 on smaller, more experimental titles like Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
King is made up of 11 studies located globally that specialize in free games with microtransactions for devices mviles. The firm’s greatest success is Candy Crush Saga, but between 2011 and 2021 they have released 25 games, some of them puzzles hyper casual, others belonging to the strategy genre and even RPGs, and various games licensed as Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox and the newly released chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft Gaming, has confirmed in a release that once the purchase is formalized they will offer “as many Activision Blizzard games” as they can on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both previously released and upcoming titles.
Thus the motion appears to be similar to when microsoft bought bethesda. That acquisition was announced in September 2020 and was formalized in early March from last year At that time they added over 20 games from Bethesda to Game Pass. In addition, the following titles of that company, such as the upcoming Starfield From creators of Skyrim Y Fallout 4, will be exclusive to Xbox (PC, console and Cloud Gaming) and will be available from day one on subscription. Bethesda online games already published on other systems, such as PlayStation, continue to work and receive updates, as is the case with The Elder Scrolls Online.