Just a few hours ago we reported that Microsoft was negotiating a deal with Activision-Blizzard-King to acquire the company for a total of almost $70 billion. Additionally, we now have some clarity on the future of Game Pass thanks to this announcement!
Like Bethesda, Activision-Blizzard games will be included in the Game Pass in the future. With this addition of Starfield, Doom, Fallout, and Skyrim, the library should gain a whole new depth. Many doubts remain concerning the direction of the studios, the employees, and even the administration of currently running projects, as the acquisition has not yet been formalized.
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- Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, issued a press statement announcing the agreement in principle. Meanwhile, Activision Blizzard / King will continue to operate autonomously, with Bobby Kotick remaining as CEO. We also discover that the company plans to incorporate as many titles as possible into its Game Pass service once everything is in order.
- Since there are now 25 million subscribers, it’s nearly the entire population of Australia (2020). According to the most recent official figures, Game Pass was at 18 million subscribers in January 2021; Daniel Ahmad reported in October that 20 million players had registered. Even if there was a little less growth than expected, it was still very promising.
“Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog. 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.”
– Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming
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