Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, has addressed concerns about Activision Blizzard titles becoming Xbox-exclusive. Spencer’s response, on the other hand, is somewhat ambiguous.
The news that Microsoft had purchased Activision Blizzard for $69 billion shocked the gaming world this morning. This is the most expensive and ground-breaking gaming acquisition to date, dwarfing Take-purchase Two’s of Zynga.
Microsoft’s acquisition of some of the biggest game studios continues. Microsoft bought Bethesda Softworks in 2021. Phil Spencer later hinted that future Bethesda games, such as Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, would be Xbox exclusives.
Following Activision Blizzard’s acquisition, players are concerned that their favorite franchises will suffer the same fate. In an interview with Bloomberg, Spencer addresses these concerns, but it’s unlikely to be the response that players were hoping for.
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft will continue to make Activision games for PlayStation consoles while developing exclusive Xbox content. Spencer also mentioned the Activision acquisition’s potential exclusivity in his interview with Bloomberg.
Spencer’s response is riddled with ambiguity, as is typical of him. When Microsoft bought Bethesda, Spencer said it wasn’t his intention to entice players away from Xbox. He later revealed, however, that Bethesda’s most anticipated games would most likely be Xbox exclusives.
Overwatch 2 and the next Call of Duty game are two of Activision Blizzard’s most anticipated titles. These are games that have previously been available on a variety of platforms, but that may no longer be the case.
The announcement of Microsoft’s recent acquisition has sparked a slew of concerns.