Xbox on Blizzard Acquisition: “It’s Not Our Intent to Pull Communities Away from PlayStation”



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While Xbox gamers can be happy that Microsoft managed to acquire Activision Blizzard, a whole chunk of the gaming community—specifically PlayStation gamers—wondered what the news meant for the exclusivity of Blizzard games like Call of Duty and Overwatch. Rest assured, Xbox head Phil Spencer promises that won’t be the case.

Xbox on Blizzard Acquisition: “It’s Not Our Intent to Pull Communities Away from PlayStation”

As per Bloomberg, Spencer said in an interview, “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 remained committed to that.”

Though there will be some Blizzard games that will remain multiplatform, it’s very likely that there could be some other titles that will remain exclusive to the Xbox. It’s essentially the same approach when Xbox acquired Bethesda earlier last year.

When it comes to the console wars, while Xbox has been praised for its achievements in hardware, they have always been bashed for not having the great exclusives that PlayStation has to offer. With Bethesda and Blizzard under their umbrella, Microsoft now has the potential to reel people in with some hot exclusives from these big-name studios. Then again, fans are hoping the gaming industry can come up with a new model, seeing as the concept of exclusives is pretty anti-consumer.

With PlayStation bringing exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, and God of War to PC, we could be looking at the start of some big changes when it comes to exclusives; at least, I’m trying to be optimistic.

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