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LIST: Here’s every Activision Blizzard IP Xbox now owns

What does that even mean? Is anything Gamepass exclusive? You can outright buy anything on Gamepass. I just believe that StarCraft being a first party MS title will have a significant effect on the quality and scope of StarCraft 3.
Since when does Microsoft have a track record of purchasing studios and then improving the quality of their games?

And unless Microsoft starts making stuff Gamepass exclusive I don't see how Starcraft (which sells in the single-digit millions) is going to move the needle much on Gamepass adoption.
 
Since when does Microsoft have a track record of purchasing studios and then improving the quality of their games?

And unless Microsoft starts making stuff Gamepass exclusive I don't see how Starcraft (which sells in the single-digit millions) is going to move the needle much on Gamepass adoption.
Ok, I don’t know what to tell you. I am fairly certain that MS didn’t spend 70 billion dollars to not improve the quality of the games they bought. If I’m wrong, then I’m wrong.
 
I honestly don't understand how Activision could be worth 70 billion. Bethesda has much better IPS and was only 7.5 billion. 90% of that list of ips is trash.
A/B makes roughly $8bn per year in net profit. Now obviously depending on Microsoft's choices concerning exclusivity, game pass, yearly COD, etc. that could change, but it will still be incredibly profitable even if MS does everything it can to lose immediate profit (all games exclusive, everything day 1 GP, ditch the yearly COD cycle) merely due to King pulling in GTA profit with Candy Crush alone.

2 points though.

1. MS couldn't have picked up A/B for $70bn a year ago. Gamers were pissed about the quality of the games for a while, but the harassment revelations did serious damage to the company over the course of the last 6 months. Combine that with Blizzard's China shenanigans for the past few years, and you get enough people outraged to hurt the bottom line. As much as I love my Xbox, MS is a ruthless company. They went for the throat when investors were likely feeling skittish.

2. At the risk of wading into politics it's going to take years to get inflation under control, and that's going to cause cash-rich companies to make some huge investments in the near future. MS has a lot of cash on their books. The $70bn dollars in liquid cash it cost MS to make this purchase simply won't be worth $70bn in 2 years, and owning A/B will make profit, achieve strategic goals, and most importantly not lose value just sitting in the bank.

Expect a lot of large purchases from any company with enough cash on the books in the next few years.
 
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This acquisition will need to be cleared by antitrust regulators in the US, Europe, and China.

They will be pretty interested in knowing exactly how it benefits competition to have all these franchises under the control of one platform holder who would likely withhold the content from other platforms. If they don't get the answer they like, this acquisition will have lot of challenges getting approved.
 

onesvenus

Member
This acquisition will need to be cleared by antitrust regulators in the US, Europe, and China.

They will be pretty interested in knowing exactly how it benefits competition to have all these franchises under the control of one platform holder who would likely withhold the content from other platforms. If they don't get the answer they like, this acquisition will have lot of challenges getting approved.
Can you explain in which kind of metric, Microsoft + ActiBlizzard being the 3rd biggest publisher, constitutes some kind of monopoly?
Tencent and Sony are bigger and there has been no problems with them growing by buying other studios which further consolidates their positions
 

Pantz

Member
I could go for a new Soldier of Fortune. Even a retro style would be cool, that way they can keep all the dismemberment in.
 

Allandor

Member
... a Mass Effect like game in the StarCraft Universe ...
StarCraft Ghost .... (or Gears in the StarCraft universe)
WarCraft Adventures ...
BC for the good old Star Trek console titles
StarCraft 3 for the PC
WarCraft 4 for the PC
Remake/Remaster for Elite Force 1 & 2

ah... just dreaming
 
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PuffyCan

Member
For fun, here is a list of activision games that could be added to xbox game pass :
Gun
Call of Duty 2
Quake 4
X-Men: The Official Game
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Call of Duty 3
Tony Hawk's Project 8
MTV Pimp My Ride
Spider-Man 3
Shrek the Third
Transformers: The Game
Hot Wheels: Beat That!
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
Bee Movie Game
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Soldier of Fortune: Payback
Shrek-N-Roll
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Kung Fu Panda
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
Golf: Tee It Up!
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2009
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
Guitar Hero: World Tour
Score International Baja 1000
007: Quantum of Solace
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Call of Duty: World at War
NPPL Championship Paintball 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens
Guitar Hero: Metallica
X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Uncaged Edition
Wolfenstein 3D
Prototype
Guitar Hero Smash Hits
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Wolfenstein
Guitar Hero 5
Cabela's Outdoor Adventures
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2010
DJ Hero
Madagascar: Kartz
Band Hero
Jurassic: The Hunted
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Chaotic: Shadow Warriors
Tony Hawk: Ride
Guitar Hero: Van Halen
How to Train Your Dragon
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter
Blur
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Singularity
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Cabela's North American Adventures
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Rapala: Pro Bass Fishing
DJ Hero 2
Bakugan: Defenders of the Core
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011
Tony Hawk: Shred
007: Blood Stone
Blood Drive
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Monster Jam: Path of Destruction
Apache Air Assault
NASCAR The Game 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: Destiny
Spider-Man: Edge of Time
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
NASCAR: Unleashed
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Prototype 2
Battleship
MIB: Alien Crisis
The Amazing Spider-Man
Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
Wipeout 3
007: Legends
Skylanders Giants
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
Cabela's Hunting Expeditions
NASCAR: The Game - Inside Line
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
Fast & Furious: Showdown
Deadpool
Skylanders: Swap Force
Cabela's African Adventures
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Angry Birds: Star Wars
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts
The Voice: I Want You
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze
SpongeBob HeroPants
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

Angry Birds: Star Wars
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Skylanders: Swap Force
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
Destiny
Duck Dynasty
Skylanders: Trap Team
The Legend of Korra
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
White Night
Cabela's African Adventures
Prototype: Biohazard Bundle
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
Transformers: Devastation
Guitar Hero Live
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Deadpool
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
Ghostbusters
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Skylanders: Imaginators
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Remastered
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
Call of Duty: WWII
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Crash Team Racing - Nitro-Fueled
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Warzone
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Campaign Remastered
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Overwatch
Diablo III
Diablo II: Resurrected

Of course, some of those are as a publisher only so I don't expect them to be added (ex: Destiny, Sekiro), and the X360 games need to be on the BC list. Also there might be some licensing issue on old games.
 

Genx3

Member
Geometry Wars needs a comeback story.
Maybe XGS can re-hire the Bizarre Creations team and put them back to work on PGR and Geometry Wars.
MS buying Activision feels like April Fools joke. Cant wrap myself around the massiveness.
When I heard this news I had to check the calendar on my phone because I thought I fell into a coma and woke up on April 1st.
 
Maybe XGS can re-hire the Bizarre Creations team and put them back to work on PGR and Geometry Wars.

When I heard this news I had to check the calendar on my phone because I thought I fell into a coma and woke up on April 1st.
Totally, would love if they brought PGR and Geometry back aswell. But I wonder if they think PGR would eat some of Forza's pie. I'm not saying it would. I do know it would probably be my primary racer on the console.
 

StreetsofBeige

Gold Member
Forgot about Tenchu as some of you said. First game was awesome. Never played the others.

Didn't realize the series was on such a downhill fall after the first couple games.

Last game made was long time ago. You'd need a big splash to make it a successful franchise again. Dont think the modern market cares about stealthy games like this anymore.

 

Beechos

Member
Damn activision doesnt own s.w.a.t? I thought that was apart of sierra online. Then again a swat game would prob never fly in this day and age.
 
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Tschumi

Member
80% of those titles are dead for all time mark my words, do you seriously think impressions' City builders are coming back? Games like true crime died natural deaths. Empire Earth, Gun, Soldier of Fortune.. this is a padded list.
 

oldergamer

Member
This acquisition will need to be cleared by antitrust regulators in the US, Europe, and China.

They will be pretty interested in knowing exactly how it benefits competition to have all these franchises under the control of one platform holder who would likely withhold the content from other platforms. If they don't get the answer they like, this acquisition will have lot of challenges getting approved.
Why would this need to be reviewed outside of the USA. Arent all the studios involved inside north america?

I also dont think they will care about benefitting competition when this is more of an issue involving fair treatment of employees.
 
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Bragr

Member
You look at that and it's hard to understand why it's worth so much (more than all of Nintendo). It's just ridiculous how big Call of Duty is. Candy Crush too.
World of Warcraft. Whenever they make WoW 2, they are gonna earn billions from that alone.
 
Now listen to me right now Microsoft, Make Guitar Hero, Xbox OST Edition. A version of Guitar Hero with just songs from your own IP's. You own plenty of OST out there where this can be possible and the cost will only be on making a the game because you don't need to pay for the music.
 

Andodalf

Member
I honestly don't understand how Activision could be worth 70 billion. Bethesda has much better IPS and was only 7.5 billion. 90% of that list of ips is trash.
It’s like 4 times as large and has a shit ton of mega IP. COD and Wow are bigger than anything Beth has in the public perception.
 

WitchHunter

Member
I honestly don't understand how Activision could be worth 70 billion. Bethesda has much better IPS and was only 7.5 billion. 90% of that list of ips is trash.
That was the company's market value. It's a publicly traded company. It has X shares at Y price. X*Y = market value. If you want to buy a company, you have to offer more than market value. Bethesda was a private company.

A/B makes roughly $8bn per year in net profit.
That's revenue... net profit is around 600 million/year avg.

Let Raven make another Soldier of Fortune. I have fond memories of those games.
It's very hard to reboot old franchises. Esp SOF where you could dismember enemies. It was a gorefest.
 

Fredrik

Gold Member
Looked at my shelf, MS should use their AI research and do something with this one 😋
 

SenjutsuSage

Halo TV Series Promoter - Live from: Reach
Microsoft got mugged off here for sure , they cant be worth what they spent

You are crazy. They're worth well more than what Microsoft paid, same goes for Bethesda. Activision's true value is in the $80-$110 billion range.

If the range of IP they got across Blizzard and Acti you don't feel are big, there are all the studios, the manpower, the talent, the technology such as game engines, lighting, effects, animation, tools, cinematics teams, anything and everything they have in there is now Microsoft and Xbox's own.

But if that doesn't mean anything to you, consider that the purchase includes a money making machine in King aka Candy Crush.

Check out their latest quarterly report. No, that isn't a typo, Candy Crush generated more revenue and also brought in more income than Activision and Blizzard Entertainment. More revenue than each, more profit than each.

This is from July 2021 to the end of September 2021. And the potential of turbo charging the popularity of World of Warcraft with an Xbox console launch, along with upcoming games like Diablo IV (PC, PS4, XB1), Overwatch 2 (PC, PS4, XB1)

 
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