After acquiring Bethesda, Microsoft has announced a new acquisition. This time, Microsoft will acquire Activision. The planned acquisition will close in FY2023 (that’s the period between July 2022 and June 2023).
As Microsoft stated, the planned acquisition includes iconic franchises from the Activision, Blizzard and King studios like “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” “Overwatch,” “Call of Duty” and “Candy Crush,” in addition to global eSports activities through Major League Gaming.
Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO at Microsoft, said:
“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms. We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”
Similarly to Bethesda’s games, we expect Activision’s future games to be exclusive to Xbox and PC. That’s obviously for the games that will release after the acquisition closes.
Needless to say that this is a huge move for Microsoft. After all, the big M will get numerous studios under its umbrella, like Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Raven, Blizzard and Sledgehammer.
Let’s also not forget that Call of Duty is still a game that sells like hotcakes. On the other hand, Warcraft, Overwatch and Diablo may get a big development boost.
Stay tuned for more!
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”