In an absolutely historic deal, Xbox is in the process of buying Activision Blizzard. The deal means that Activision games will fall under the Xbox banner, including massive franchises like Call of Duty, Overwatch, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and more.
This of course is massive news for Xbox Game Pass. Going forward, we're hopeful nearly all Activision Blizzard games will launch on the service, given Microsoft's commitment to first party titles arriving day one. However, it seems like the majority won't arrive until the deal closes, which is expected to happen at some point in fiscal year 2023 (which according to Microsoft's calendar, means somewhere between July 2022 and June 2023).
"Upon close [of the acquisition], we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog. We also announced today that Game Pass now has more than 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass."
"With Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries and three billion-dollar franchises, this acquisition will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry."
This is particularly big news, especially as Activision games don't usually end up in Game Pass. The publisher has worked closely with Sony in recent years, preventing much of anything from them coming to the service.
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