Earlier this month, the US Federal Trade Commission formally announced its intentions to try and block the Xbox Activision Blizzard deal, pointing at Microsoft's Bethesda exclusivity plans as a big reason for doing so. Ahead of a potential legal trial both parties could engage in settlement talks to sort this thing out before it heads to court, however, that hasn't happened yet according to a new report.
Reuters is reporting that any proper settlement talks are yet to begin between the two parties. There's still time for those talks of course, but on Tuesday FTC attorney James Weingarten said no "substantive" discussions had begun between Microsoft and the FTC.
At present, the FTC is set to rule on the deal after a round of hearings that take place in August 2023. Unless settlement talks begin ahead of that date, we could be in for quite a wait to find out how this is all going to go down!
Microsoft has openly committed to certain concessions in regards to the deal, like keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation for several years post-purchase - concessions which could aid potential settlement talks. For now though, we'll just have to wait and see if those talks happen in the coming months, or if this Microsoft FTC standoff is destined to go to trial.