Microsoft just announced that it is in the process of acquiring the AAA studio, Activision Blizzard. While the company is looking to complete the deal by the end of next year, gamers are a bit worried. Multiple gamers voiced their concerns after the deal was announced yesterday, to which Xbox boss Phil Spencer has responded by stating that Microsoft is not trying to “pull communities away” from PlayStation. Also Read - Microsoft announces Windows 11, Microsoft Store updates for enhanced applications
In the initial announcement, Spencer had stated that Activision’s games will still be “enjoyed on a variety of platforms.” After which, in an interview with Bloomberg he stated, “I’ll just say to players out there who are playing Activision Blizzard games on Sony’s platform: It’s not our intent to pull communities away from that platform and we remain committed to that.” Also Read - Bill Gates uses a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 instead of Microsoft Surface Duo: Here's why
While Spencer has said that Microsoft is not looking to “pull communities away,” the use of the word “communities” is pretty vague. It could mean that the company will continue to support the Activision Blizzard communities by putting out all of the new games each year on all platforms including PlayStation. Or it could also mean that the company will support specific communities of players for games like Call of Duty Warzone or Vanguard across consoles, while not releasing all of the future games on the platform. Also Read - Sony PlayStation Plus to arrive in India on May 24: Here’s the list of games you can play
The closest proof of Microsoft using such words to reassure the gaming community is from its last year’s acquisition of Bethesda. The company had initially stated that it wanted Bethesda games to be “first or better or best” on its own platforms, however, after the acquisition was finalized and the company gained full control, it announced that some of the future Bethesda games like Starfield and Redfall, will be Xbox exclusives. Starfield and Redfall are arguably the two most-anticipated games from the studio, which now confirmed will not be making their way to the PlayStation.