The takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is not yet complete. However, it now appears that the company is already planning the next step. This consists of including games like CoD and other top titles from the video game group in the Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox: Call of Duty and more in Xbox Game Pass
Back in January, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. With that they would get rights to popular brands like Starcraft, World of Warcraft and many more like that as well Rights to Overwatch, Diablo and Call of Duty to back up.
As for the latter, Microsoft has already confirmed that the game would continue to be available for the PlayStation and has now reiterated that the company would commit to “releasing the same version of Call of Duty on the same day the game launches elsewhere.” , also to be made available on the PlayStation”.
However, the next logical step would be include as many games as possible in Xbox Game Pass and Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, has now confirmed that the company intends to make the Call of Duty and Diablo series and Overwatch games available in the pass, among others. Microsoft is passionate about making gaming more affordable and helping gamers around the world find their next favorite game. Also, it would be important to allow developers to reach more players, not fewer.
“We intend to make Activision Blizzard’s popular library of games – including Overwatch, Diablo and Call of Duty – available in Game Pass and grow these gaming communities. By offering even greater value to players, we hope to continue to grow Game Pass and expand its appeal to mobile and all connected devices,” Spencer said in a statement (Source: Microsoft).
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The planned takeover is still being examined by the authorities in various countries and so far there is no end in sight. For example, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) fears “that Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard could significantly reduce competition in game consoles, multi-game subscription services and cloud gaming services (game streaming)” (source: gov .uk)