It’s been a great week in the game. On January 18, we felt seismic waves spreading through the industry as Microsoft announces that it is set to acquire Activision Blizzard; the company allegedly behind some of the game’s biggest IPs that was recently pulled in a messy, discriminatory and overt harassment lawsuit provided by the state of California.
Once the news broke, we began to piece together other elements of the story: whether it was the unpopular Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. says he will be “available as needed” at Activision Blizzard “to ensure the best integration”or Microsoft says that it’s not the company’s “intent to pull the community away from PlayStation”, many of our initial questions about mergers are already starting to see some answers.
But there’s still a lot we don’t know; What does this mean for Activision Blizzard games on non-Xbox platforms? Will Microsoft start offering games produced by its 30 in-house studios (that’s how many it will have, if the deal goes through) to other platforms? Could we even see Microsoft expand Game Pass to other places, as the company’s end game seems to have more subscribers than anything else?
All, for now, are not clear. But there’s one thing we do know: Xbox Game Pass will have a lot more games added once the acquisition is complete. You hope so too, cho Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard for the price Disney paid to acquire Fox.
“[When the deal closes], we’ll be offering as many Activision Blizzard games as possible in Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog,” said Phil Spencer of Xbox, CEO executive at Microsoft Gaming said, in a press release. “We’re also announcing today that Game Pass now has over 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass.”
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of games that are likely – and won’t – to come to Xbox Game Pass once the deal of the year is complete. And it’s pretty important.
Activision Blizzard Games Likely Coming to Xbox Game Pass
Overwatch / Overwatch 2
While we haven’t heard much about the much-anticipated hero shooter sequel lately, it stands to reason that Xbox will want to focus heavily on making Overwatch a major Xbox exclusive when it comes to console system. The main competitive scene in life and death (and resurrection) on PC, so bringing the series to Xbox Game Pass for PC is really out of the question. However, does this mean we’ll hear more about the game this year. At least the first title still has plenty of support and will likely gain a whole new audience if it does appear on the subscription service.
Call of Duty Series
In the past, when Xbox acquired a company – this is looking at you Bethesda – Microsoft made a big and dancing song about getting all the biggest games on Game Pass as soon as possible. The most obvious, big move like this one that Activision Blizzard goes through is Call of Duty: whether we can see the entire series come to service (thanks to backwards compatibility) is curious. curious, but at least we can see the likes of Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, Vanguard, and maybe even some older, last-gen games arrive on the service without a hitch. If you’ve stopped playing Ghosts (we can’t imagine why…) maybe you’ll finally get a chance!
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
In a strange move for Bandai Namco buddies, From Software, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has actually been published – and sponsored – by Activision. The game (which many argue is the best of the Souls-like genre) is a faster, faster game than the Dark Souls games, and one that builds on the speed war that first appeared. in Bloodborne. Having this on Game Pass is unquestionable, especially if the player base is looking for another thoughtful action RPG fix after Elden Ring launches.
Crash Bandicoot 4 / Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy / Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Once upon a time, our favorite orange marsupial was the face of the PlayStation – whether it’s in Japan, Europe or the US, Crash has become synonymous with all things Sony PlayStation . How does time change, huh? Xbox needs a good platform of its own; the company was never really able to create a platformer mascot stuck in its (relatively) fledgling life. Offering Crash games (powered by Beenox and Toys for Bob) on Xbox Game Pass will relieve nostalgia for old titles and will provide Wumpa fanatics around the globe with promises more to come as they make them hungry for the newest game in the series. There are more than 20 Crash Bandicoot games, all of which are talked about, and there’s a reason Microsoft can make a decent chunk of the Game Pass if we dive into the series’ long history. It’s worth noting that some recent Crash games have been timed PlayStation-exclusively at launch, but we don’t see how that shakes the water too badly here.
Diablo 2: Resurrection / Diablo 3: Eternal Collection
Last year, we saw a (rather silent) release of the Diablo 2 remaster on PC and consoles. True, it debuted amid Activision Blizzard’s messy ongoing legal drama. Perhaps the game will get a second chance to shine if it is added to the Game Pass? Dropping it before the launch of Diablo 4 (if that really happens), maybe with Diablo 3 as the chaser, could do wonders in generating hype for the new title.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Spyro – once a property of Insomniac Games – is now under the management of Toys For Bob, who have proven to be a great caretaker for the purple dragon lil’. The 2018 remake of Spyro’s first trilogy is a must-play for kids of all ages, and it seems like a no-brainer for Microsoft to bring this to Game Pass at the earliest convenience. Take it from me, this is also a good title to hunt for achievements.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remastered
Since Activision owns all the rights to the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games (and their side games, like American Wasteland, etc.), we can see a collection of more than 20 games used to make the game. Expanded sports section on Game Pass. Join the Skate 3 likers on the EA Play section of the service, it will make many skaters worldwide – including yours indeed – extremely happy. The only thing standing in the way would be licensing rights to the music and potentially even Hawk’s name itself. That’s not a problem for the latest game, though; it just launched in 2020!
And here’s a list of other games we might see on the service, ultimately, as a classic porter, PC release, or collection:
- Candy Crush
- Geometry Wars
- Hearthstone (we can get the benefit of playing this free title through Game Pass, a la Halo Infinite)
- Heroes of the Storm
- Interstate ’76
- King’s Quest
- The Vikings Lost
- Quest for Glory
- Solider of Fortune
- Space mission
- True Crime
- World of Warcraft
Activision Blizzard games may not be available on Xbox Game Pass
Guitar Hero / DJ Hero series
This is very difficult; while Activision Blizzard has the rights to the Guitar Hero songs, it is likely that creating old titles for sale and replayable will be difficult thanks to the ever-changing licensing agreements with the rights holders. with different songs. Dedicated Guitar Hero games – like Aerosmith or Metallica – will be hard to get back into because of this. Also, buying second hand peripherals can be difficult if you want to play games properly. The easiest way we’ll ever see this series appear on Game Pass would be as Guitar Hero Live of 2015… and since GHTV mode was closed on December 1, 2018 (reduced Guitar songs) Hero is available from 484 down to a measure of 42), our best bet might just be to wait for another game in the series…if that’s going to happen.
Deadpool and Activision’s Marvel Games
Deadpool – along with a large number of other games published by Activision under Marvel’s license – was removed and removed from digital stores in 2014. Though the game was re-released on May 18th. November 2015 to tie in with Ryan’s cinematic release Reynolds’ Movie, which was again canceled on November 16, 2017 due to licensing issues. Its long and short: this one probably won’t be on Game Pass any time soon. The same goes for the Ultimate Alliance games, the Wolverine Origins game really isn’t too bad (don’t judge me), the 2000s X-Men games, and the Spider-Man games from the same era. My guess is that Microsoft could always cut some ridiculous deals with Disney, but with Spider-Man being such a tight Sony property at this point, it’s unlikely we’ll see much of a move on older games. this.
Activision’s Transporter Game
Activision’s array of Transformers games – including, but not limited to High Moon Studios’ Transformers: War for Cybertron and Platinum Games’ Transformers Devastation – will probably never be available in the Game Pass service either. At the end of 2017, these games were removed from digital stores again thanks to licensing issues due to Hasbro’s failure to renew their contract with the publisher. Whether Microsoft can strike some sort of deal with the company to bring the games back to the storefront remains to be seen, but for now it’s probably best to assume you’ll need a disc to play the games. this game, otherwise you wouldn’t. can play them at all.
Similar to the Guitar Hero series, Skylanders games based on peripherals and accessories are no longer produced. This means that, even if the titles do make it to the Game Pass, the vast majority of players will have a bad time with the games (with some progress even locked after the right metrics are available). under certain circumstances). Sure, you can play games without metrics, but collections and some regions are locked without them. So if they come to the service, we’ll modify the games that lose the original’s score or severely impacted ports. It’s probably not worth the trouble, huh?
Released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, Blur is a game by Bizarre Creations (RIP) published by Activision. As much as we’d love to see the title make a massive comeback, the game features a wide selection of real-world cars, from Dodge Vipers to Lotus Exiges to Ford Transits and F1-powered trucks. It’s a wild project. Sadly, car licenses work a lot like music licenses, and as such, we don’t want to see this happen with Game Pass. But what about Blur 2? We can dream!
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