No; they recently got a lot of outside funding and have deals lined up with various publishers. That probably also includes Microsoft, but they'll remain 3P for a good while.Asobo
Supposing there's even any truth to this rumor, I'm gonna guess it's some of those WB Games studios, which would mean Microsoft's also worked out some deal for a few DC IP. Not ownership deals, but "very favorable" licensing exclusivity deals with those IP in gaming products.
If it's not WB Games, then crazy as it sounds my next guess would be Konami, since there's been word of them shopping around their IP to various companies. I can't think of any other publisher, Japanese or not, who's had those same rumors keep popping up over the last couple of months. I don't think they'll acquire all of Konami (aren't they still in the pachinko market?), but maybe a couple of their gaming studios and some of their IP.
Those are the only two realistic choices I can think of that'd fit the bill of a "major" acquisition. Yeah SEGA acquisition is a meme, but they're in a pretty good spot now and given moves like VF5: Ultimate Showdown (still need to download that), I don't see them getting acquired anytime soon.
You’re not actually surprised gamers like games out, coming soon, or with gameplay out more than they do another thread about Microsoft’s business of just buying shit, are you?
I don't think another acquisition (since the companies purchased tend to be looking for buyers anyway) is a bad thing, but I do agree that it needs to be balanced out with gameplay from major releases (preferably exclusive, 1P or 3P) coming out soon, and into 2022 yeah.