There are still a lot of unanswered questions after Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. But with everyone involved keeping the details close to the chest, some details are starting to emerge, including Phil Spencer’s enthusiasm to dive into Activision Blizzard’s retired franchise library.
Briefly speaking to The Washington Post, Spencer avoided talking about the future of ongoing blockbuster franchises like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft under Microsoft. Instead, Spencer talked about the overlooked franchises owned by Activision that Microsoft will have access to.
“I was looking at the IP list, I mean let’s go!” Spencer exclaimed. “King’s Quest”, “Guitar Hero”. I should know, but I think they have “HeXen”.
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Spencer says that once the deal is finalized — it’s expected to close by summer 2023 — the Xbox team will talk to its many developers about possible Activision Blizzard franchises they’d like to work on.
In recent years, Activision Blizzard has steered its many teams towards key franchises with studios like Toys for Bob now supporting Call of Duty and Diablo. But this deal could potentially free them up to pursue different opportunities within Xbox Games Studios.
As for the question of what will happen to big franchises like Call of Duty, Spencer revealed on Twitter today that he has spoken with Sony management about keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation. But as with the nature of business, wording is key and even the pundits are still deciphering the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation.
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