In case you somehow missed the industry breaking news earlier today, Microsoft has announced that it is purchasing Activision Blizzard. This means we’ll be seeing a lot of Activision Blizzard games coming out in Game Pass, and it only cost Microsoft nearly $70 billion – what a steal!
But all of this begs the question, what is the future with this deal going on? What possibilities can now become a reality as these two giants are drawn closer together? Well, we also have a few ideas ourselves, things that we would like to see in the future as a result of this crazy announcement.
Crash Bandicoot / Spyro / Banjo Kazooie Cross
Let’s start with a wild thing. As a result of this deal, we had three OG video game IPs under the same roof. Banjo Kazooie has always been a darling of Microsoft, but Spyro and Crash Bandicoot are now on the list. These once fierce rivals are now in a position where they can appear together, in some kind of wild 3D platformer crossover that I’m sure will make a large portion of the 30-year-old population lose their minds. mind.
If there’s one love letter game that Microsoft could green-light, a sign that it’s making the most of its new properties, this is the result. While it’s easy to get discouraged in the face of the news that Toys for Bob is moving into a supporting role for Warzone, there’s a glimmer of hope that we can see our beloved orange marsupial again on Xbox.
World of Warcraft on Xbox
This is a strange thing. Everyone knows Final Fantasy 14 is the current big dog in the MMORPG market, with a dominant presence on PlayStation consoles as well as PCs. With World of Warcraft under Microsoft’s massive golden umbrella, it’s very possible that Blizzard’s legendary title could finally come to consoles. After all, they added controller support to the game back with the launch of the Shadowlands expansion, why wouldn’t that be possible.
Regardless of your stance on the current state of World of Warcraft (and its dwindling player base) it’s a name everyone knows. Launching the game on Xbox would be a bad statement by Microsoft. They’ll have to work around binding dozens of abilities on the xbox controller and possibly find a new way to target allies and enemies, but if they can work this out maybe leading to a new wave of players wanting to jump into Azeroth.
Arkane makes a spinoff/sequel to Singularity
Anyone remember Singularity? It’s a neat first-person shooter that was released on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2010. Created by Activision Blizzard, it allows players to shuffle time with TMD, a gimmick that helps it. different from other FPS games at the time.
You know who pointed out that they can make some good timed FPS games? Arkane. These guys were able to show their stuff back to Dishonored and it’s ability to stop time, and then take it to the next level with the seventh quest – A Crack in the Slab. Put the kind people of Arkane in the driver’s seat of a new Singularity game, and they’ll stay true to their element.
World’s Edge makes Warcraft 4
Look, Warcraft fans are in a predicament right now. We’re talking wayward souls who still have indelible memories of the original RTS games that introduced the world to Azeroth back in the day. With Warcraft 3 Reforged, these fans didn’t understand exactly what they were thinking. With that in mind, we say high-quality Warcraft RTS is just what the world needs, and who better to make it than World’s Edge.
For those unfamiliar, World’s Edge is the Microsoft-owned developer behind the Age of Empire games. Their recent entry into their own beloved RTS series has been a hit, get great reviews all over the world and without a doubt a good Real Time Strategy game can still be successful, even today. With them still able to produce decent crack titles in this genre, they are the perfect studio to plan a future Warcraft game from.
Playground Games X Crash Team Racing
We’ve seen Playground show off its racing stunts with the treasured Forza Horizon series, but what if we put the studio to work creating something… a little more goofy? After the success of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled on both Xbox and PlayStation a few years back, it can be said that the runway is set for another foray into the kart manic racing genre. And – if Beenox and Toys for Bob were tasked with elsewhere – who better to recruit for an explosive, fast-paced racing game than Playground?
The studio clearly has the right mindset to take Crash, Coco and friends a step further than we’ve seen so far; The Lego and Hot Wheels expansions for Forza Horizon 4 flirted with races that were a little less grounded in reality. Adding a few translucent marsupials (and whatever the hell Pinstripe is supposed to be) to that recipe sounds like a winner to us. Maybe we can even get some Killer Instinct characters in there as unlockables?
Tim Schafer’s Spyro the Dragon
If you’ve played Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, or many of the other games you often see on ‘funniest games of all time’ lists, you’ll know that Double Fine, and its leader, is at the top. studio Tim Schafer, know funny. It’s in their bones. Whether it’s a visual pun, a stupid joke, or another twist on thematic humor, the studio just knows how to make people laugh in an interactive entertainment space.
Out of all the incoming IPs that Microsoft will soon have to deal with, I think Spyro is the best fit for a Double Fine game; colorful world, full of ridiculous stuff, with logic that can be bent and stretched at will. A great core cast of Spyro, Sparx, Hunter, Elora, the greedy bastard of a bear, and many more will make great NPC fodder for Double Fine, and all sorts of adventures which you can do in a world that seems to run on gems and magic is practically limitless. It will be like Terry Pratchett across Monkey Island – and I can’t think of a better pitch than that.
What would you like to see happen from this epic moment in the video game industry? Tell us your dream Microsoft x Activision Blizzard game below and why would you like to see it happen?
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