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Activision Blizzard IPs included in Microsoft acquisition

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As if acquiring Bethesda’s mother company Zenimax wasn’t enough, Microsoft continues gobbling up video game franchises, this time by acquiring Activision Blizzard. This acquisition makes Microsoft the third biggest gaming company on Earth, just behind Tencent and Sony. The Activision Blizzard purchase opens up a treasure trove of IPs at Microsoft’s disposal. The obvious assumption one would make here is these IPs will be Xbox-exclusive, or at least Xbox-prioritized moving forward. These IPs range from Tony Hawk games to Crash Bandicoot and Call of Duty – a big library of games that gamers love. Some of these games have had their time as Sony console-exclusives in the past, too. How the tables have turned. Here are all of the IPs that come with the Activision Blizzard acquisition by Microsoft.

All the Activision Blizzard IPs acquired by Microsoft

Activision Games

Here are the active Activision intellectual properties (game titles) that come with the acquisition, which will most likely land them on the Xbox Game Pass or their future titles released as Xbox exclusives.

  1. Call of Duty – the implication? That Call of Duty games will launch on Game Pass and might no longer launch on PlayStation, or worse, skip PlayStation entirely.
  2. Crash Bandicoot – Sony fans probably wish that Activision’s relationship with Naughty Dog will bring the beloved marsupial back to PlayStation consoles.
  3. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
  4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – surprised by this one? While developed by FromSoftware, which has eventually produced Demon Souls Remake as a PS5 launch exclusive, the Sekiro game is actually owned by Activision.
  5. Spyro
  6. Skylanders
  7. King’s Quest
  8. Prototype
  9. Geometry Wars

And a lot of abandoned game titles that are due a revival, still owned by Activision:

  1. Guitar Hero
  2. DJ Hero
  3. Caesar
  4. Gun
  5. Hexen
  6. Interstate ’76
  7. Laura Bow Mysteries
  8. Phantasmagoria
  9. Pitfall
  10. Police Quest
  11. Quest for Glory
  12. Singularity
  13. Soldier of Fortune
  14. Space Quest
  15. Tenchu
  16. TimeShift
  17. Zork
  18. True Crime

Blizzard Games

Don’t you guys have phones? Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard will bolster Activision Blizzard’s positioning in the mobile market, while these Blizzard games will most likely feature on Xbox Game Pass sooner than later, and have its future titles launch as Xbox exclusives to some capacity.

  1. Warcraft – Uhh, Reforged on Game Pass, maybe?
  2. World of Warcraft – Could this lead to Activision Blizzard making an Xbox Series X port for their storied MMORPG?
  3. Diablo – Sony fans should start praying to God this doesn’t affect Diablo IV‘s launch platforms.
  4. Overwatch – not sure if this franchise is still alive at this point, given how long Overwatch 2 has been in development hell, but maybe this acquisition can set the series back on track.
  5. Hearthstone – Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is no mere random move, unlike anything most cards do in Hearthstone
  6. StarCraft – StarCraft III on Xbox Series X and PC and on Game Pass on Day 1, please.
  7. Heroes of the Storm – this one is definitely dead in a ditch.

And a lone inactive title that is still owned by Blizzard:

  1. The Lost Vikings

Activision Blizzard Games

And here are some game titles acquired by Activision Blizzard after the two companies’ merger in 2008; namely King.com.

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Pyramid Solitaire Saga
  3. Pet Rescue Saga
  4. Farm Heroes Saga
  5. Bubble Witch Saga
  6. Candy Crush Soda Saga
  7. Blossom Blast Saga
  8. Candy Crush Jelly Saga
  9. Farm Heroes Super Saga
  10. Candy Crush Friends Saga
  11. Knighthood