From Minecraft to Call of Duty, via Halo or even Wolfenstein and Candy Crush, Microsoft now has an impressive range of video games in hand with the addition of Activision Blizzard King. Something for all types of gamer, Phil Spencer’s wish to expand Xbox’s reach has finally come true.
With the current acquisition of Activision Blizzard King, Microsoft now finds itself at the head of an impressive string of video game development studios. To even make you dizzy. And yet, the firm announces itself modestly only as the future ” third entity of the video game behind Tencent and Sony PlayStation.
However, it is difficult to see with this potential thirty studios under the Xbox banner a modest player in the industry when games will soon rain galore on consoles, PCs, the Xbox Game Pass, but also smartphones and tablets.
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Because with the newcomers to the family, it is not only the portfolio of titles that is enriched, but also the number of potential game supports, the even more important gateways that are emerging and a teeming offer to reach the goal. never hid from touching the three billion gamers on earth“. There will be something for everyone and everywhere.
Studios under the Xbox banner
With the future takeover of Activision Blizzard King, Microsoft and its new entity Microsoft Gaming (which has dropped the name Xbox in passing to show no doubt that the company sees more than the console and is also targeting the famous metaverse) will have 36 studios to produce games.
Xbox Games Studios
- 343 Industries
- Compulsion Games
- Double Fine Productions
- inXile Entertainment
- Mojang Studios
- Ninja Theory
- Obsidian Entertainment
- Playground Games
- The Coalition
- The Initiative
- Turn 10 Studios
- Undead Labs
- World’s Edge
Bethesda Softworks / ZeniMax Media
- Alpha Dog Games
- Arkane Studios
- Bethesda Game Studios
- id Software
- Roundhouse Studios
- Tango Gameworks
- ZeniMax Online Studios
- Beachhead Studio
- Blizzard Entertainment
- Digital Legends
- High Moon Studios
- Infinity Ward
- Radical Entertainment
- Raven Software
- Sledgehammer Games
- Toys for Bob
- Vicarious Visions
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Xbox expands its pool of players
The Redmond firm thus finds itself at the head of some of the most famous franchises in the world: Call of Duty, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero , Overwatch (Activision Blizzard), Wolfenstein, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Dishonored (ZeniMax), Halo, Gears of War, Forza Horizon et Forza Motorsport, Age of Empires, State of Decay, etc. (Xbox Games Studios). Enough to silence those who criticized Xbox for its lack of exclusivity soon, but it remains uncertain that the American giant will totally want to padlock the game when it can serve as a bargaining chip by going to titillate players on a competing platform with a few titles while keeping the biggest ones.
Because Xbox knows how to vary the pleasures and also has to its credit a few nuggets that have fallen into the hands of the hands over time, such as The Outer Worlds from the studio Obsidian Entertainment, Psychonauts from Double Fine Productions or even Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice by Ninja Theory. Games far from the usual blockbusters from Microsoft or even from Bethesda and now from Activision, but which show the search for variety in the house catalog.
Now especially, Xbox will have a reservoir of more family games that it lacked, even in the opinion of Phil Spencer. Yes Minecraftseemed quite alone as a multi-generation gondola head, it now finds itself potentially accompanied by licenses Crash Bandicoot et Spyrowhich also come from the publisher of the alumni Skylanders , the action figures that were all the rage a few years ago before Activision exhausted the vein by flooding it with too many toys. It is also to the firm of Bobby Kotick, announced on the departure once the takeover was recorded, that we also owe the return to the forefront of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the famous skateboarding game.
With Toys for Bob, behind in particular Crash Bandicoot 4 : It’s about, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Crash Bandicoot : N.Sane Trilogy, Skylanders and many games for young audiences, Xbox now has a studio capable of addressing a larger audiencecasualand family. Good news also possible for its developers who had been summoned to come and support the teams of Call of Duty in Activision’s frantic quest to put all of its studios to work on its goose that lays the golden eggs…
And then, it would also be forgetting the strength of King, the British studio bought at a high price by Activision (5.4 billion euros) to afford a gateway to mobile. It will now be the part of activity that Microsoft lacked, excluding cloud gaming on smartphones and tablets. Because King, it’s not just Candy Crush, the game with a billion players, but also all its variations that bring in a fortune for the company (B ubble Witch Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Pet Rescue Saga, Crash Bandicoot : On the Run ).
More than a financial windfall, the arrival of King also offers prospects for Xbox to interfere in mobile gaming, from which it is totally absent. For this, Digital Legends, the Spanish mobile development studio, will also be a strong support for bringing in-house licenses to smartphones and tablets. And what aboutCall of Duty Mobile, successful game from the franchise and developed by Tencent Games in particular, which has already brought in more than half a billion dollars to its publisher Activision.
An overflowing Game Pass to see further
This is enough to delight the 25 million subscribers announced for Xbox Game Pass and to hope to grow this number quickly. They will be able to be stuffed with games until they are more thirsty in the coming years. Phil Spencer had promisedgames, great games and nothing but gamesfor the future of Xbox, word kept. With its thirty studios, there is no doubt that Xbox has enough to multiply announcements over the coming months and years. Will these be Xbox exclusives to undermine the competition? No one knows yet.
Phil Spencer simply stated that “as many Activision Blizzard titles as possible »will be offered in the Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass. “New games or classics“, he explains. The takeover should be finalized no later than June 30, 2023, will we see Activision games appear over time in the Game Pass and exclusives in particular? Until then, oldCall of Dutycould then appear on the service.
But it is also the Xbox Cloud gaming that will benefit from this merger with Activision. “Activision Blizzard’s Great Franchises Will Also Accelerate Our Cloud Gaming Program“, predicted the future boss of Microsoft Gaming, while reassuring PlayStation players in particular that the games will always be available on all platforms. Because Phil Spencer has already understood the impact of this takeover – and how quickly it will pay for itself. He already sees it as a way to offer more players, “in more places around the world, to join the Xbox community via their phones, their tablets, their laptops”.
Because yes, the strength of Activision Blizzard King’s mobile games was also to reach populations in Asia, Africa and where smartphone gaming is king for lack of consoles or PCs easily available. The smartphone as a gateway to video games with Xbox sauce already with reflexes that are just waiting to feed on the gargantuan offer that is coming in cloud gaming. Also hoping that by 2023, mobile connection and coverage will be much better all over the world to enjoy games. Any idea of a future takeover for Microsoft?
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