When the Activision Blizzard acquisition finally went through last week, we were all hoping Team Xbox might have a big drop of Xbox Game Pass titles from the back catalogue to throw our way in October.
Sadly that didn't end up proving the case, and now Xbox boss Phil Spencer has explained why. In an interview with the Official Xbox Podcast, Spencer revealed it was due to the long regulatory process involved with the takeover, which meant the team wasn't able to start working with Activision Blizzard on those Game Pass additions.
"When we finished [the Bethesda] acquisition, there was this great moment where we were able to put a bunch of the back catalogue games [on Game Pass] and celebrate their history. The truth of the matter is, with Activision Blizzard King, that the regulatory process took so long... that we weren't able to get in and work on that back catalogue work."
"The Activision Twitter handle put out something that talked about 2024, [and] I think that's accurate. I would love it if there was some kind of secret celebration drop that's coming in the next couple of weeks, [but] there's not."
Spencer went on to admit that he knows people will have some disappointment about the news and called it a "little bit of a downer", but also reiterated that the Activision Blizzard deal will result in a very exciting future for Xbox.
The work has at least begun on bringing ActiBlizz titles to Xbox Game Pass, and it sounds like we may even get Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Diablo 4 at some point next year too. In terms of a date though? That's anyone's guess.