With Activision Blizzard joining the Xbox family, here’s what it means for Xbox Game Pass.
The gaming world is in a state of shock today after learning of Microsoft’s massive $70bn take over of gaming giants, Activision Blizzard.
Activision Blizzard has been mired in controversy in recent months with allegations of sexual misconduct and a “frat boy” culture engulfing the game publisher. Recently 37 employees “exited” the company as part of the company’s ongoing investigation into the claims.
And while there is a while until a line can be drawn under that (Bobby Kotick remains as Activision Blizzard’s CEO), there are undoubtedly exciting developments for gamers to come from Microsoft’s acquisition.
Namely, the availability of Activision Blizzard’s huge catalog of games coming to Xbox Game Pass. The monthly subscription service already boasts all of Microsoft’s first-party titles and more.
After a similar $7.5 billion deal last year, Bethesda games became exclusive to Xbox and PC. Now, Activision IPs are following suit.
What Activision Blizzard Games Are Coming to Xbox Game Pass?
The deal to bring Activision Blizzard into Microsoft is massive on many fronts. Activision Blizzard employs over 10,000 people as the parent organization of many esteemed development studios.
Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, and Treyarch are all now joining the Xbox family.
Some of those names will mean certainly something to you, others maybe not. However, together they are responsible for the following games and franchises; Call of Duty, Overwatch, Warcraft, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Diablo, and Crash Bandicoot.
“We will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass,” said CEO of Microsoft Gaming, Phil Spencer.
How Many Subscribers Does Xbox Game Pass Have?
Both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog will come to the service. Spencer also revealed a huge new milestone for the gaming subscription.
“We also announced today that Game Pass now has more than 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass.”
One sticking point for the inclusion of Activision Blizzard’s catalog is that the deal hasn’t yet gone through. Reportedly, the deal won’t be complete for a while yet with reports stating it could be as late as June 2023, when Microsoft’s financial year ends.
The question of whether Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will become an Xbox/PC exclusive is also very much in the air. Once the deal is complete it could spell the end of Call of Duty on Sony’s consoles.
Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax/Bethesda, makers of Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom meant its future titles will be Xbox/PC exclusives. However, exceptions like GhostWire Tokyo are still coming to PS5 for now.
Meanwhile, Xbox Game Pass just got some massive new games, even before the Activision Blizzard titles arrive!
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