Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard and all of its studios and franchises, including Call of Duty. If the deal goes through, Activision President Rob Kostich believes the Call of Duty franchise will benefit from leveraging Microsoft’s vast resources.
“The ability to leverage Microsoft’s technology and suite of tools would benefit our teams to deliver even larger, more immersive experiences for our players,” Kostich told Games Beat. “Ultimately, it’s about bringing our development team’s creative visions to life in this highly competitive environment.”
Kostich went on to say that Microsoft’s acquisition was an “extraordinary opportunity” for Activision Blizzard. However, he did not want to elaborate further on the acquisition, saying: “We still have to let the regulatory process run its course.”
“As we’ve said before, this deal is good for the industry and will bring more games to more players,” Kostich explained.
If Microsoft manages to clear the final regulatory hurdles and close the deal, no one should expect Call of Duty to come to Game Pass right away. In fact, this might not happen until 2025, if it ever does. If the deal with Microsoft goes through, the Call of Duty series will continue to be released on PlayStation consoles for at least another decade.
Activision has Call of Duty’s future mapped out to at least 2027, and the company has more than 3,000 employees working on the franchise.
Microsoft has until October 18th to complete the deal to acquire Activision Blizzard. Some believe an official announcement could come as early as next week. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently gave preliminary approval to implement the deal, saying that Microsoft’s sale of cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft “substantially addresses previous concerns and opens the door to approval of the deal.” .
Microsoft is expected to pay $95 per share to acquire Activision Blizzard for a purchase price of $68.7 billion. This would be Microsoft’s largest acquisition ever and the largest ever in the video game sector in terms of purchase price. Microsoft originally announced its intention to buy Activision Blizzard in January 2022, so this has been brewing for more than 20 months.
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