Microsoft will add 'as many Activision Blizzard games as we can' to Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass at E3 2019
Xbox Game Pass at E3 2019 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • On Tuesday, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard, a prominent games developer and publisher.
  • Once the deal completes, Microsoft plans to "offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can" in Xbox and PC Game Pass.
  • This plan includes new and upcoming games as well as existing titles from the vast Activision Blizzard catalog.
  • Exact plans haven't been revealed yet, and it may be a while before the deal closes and we begin seeing the effects of the acquisition.

On Tuesday, Microsoft woke up the entire gaming industry all at once by announcing its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard in its largest gaming deal yet. In the nearly $70 billion deal, Microsoft will gain a ton of legendary game franchises for the Xbox platform, including franchises like Call of Duty, Diablo, and World of Warcraft. Of course, Xbox head Phil Spencer also mentioned plans for Xbox Game Pass when announcing the planned acquisition.

When the Activision Blizzard acquisition finally closes, Xbox plans to "offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass," according to Spencer. This proposal aligns closely with Microsoft's strategy with acquiring ZeniMax and Bethesda, which has since seen a ton of games and franchises from the legendary studios contained within brought into Xbox Game Pass.

This means Xbox and PC Game Pass can eventually see new additions including the next Diablo game, Call of Duty: Vanguard, and much more. It's too early for Xbox to confirm any exact plans or additions, but once the acquisition deal is finalized and Activision Blizzard firmly rests under the expanding Xbox umbrella, the vast catalog of titles from the publisher is potentially available to Xbox Game Pass.

During the same announcement, Xbox also revealed that Xbox Game Pass now has over 25 million subscribers, a huge milestone that will inevitably only continue to grow over time as the service perpetually adds incredible new games. On Monday night, for example, Xbox Game Pass subscribers were surprised by the sudden addition of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition. The list of best Xbox Game Pass games is an ever-changing list of some of the greatest games you can play right now.

Zachary Boddy
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4 Comments
  • Another consideration: BC and FPS BOOST are stalled because a lot of (still missing) games require tweaking the source code. Gaining control gets that access. Activision might not even wait for the deal to close because that will be extra revenue they've been leaving on the table. I wonder if MS could talk Disney into letting them BC or even remaster the Raven xmen legends. Sort of like they seem to have done with GOLDENEYE.
  • Does this mean COD exclusivity for Microsoft platforms?
  • yearly cod on gamepass, no buying $60/$70 each year..? stunning
  • Wouldn't mind seeing rct world(originally they promised retail release but pussied out & released really lame ds/3ds games at retail using the rct brand) moved out of its steam cage but id assume it'd still be a classic x86-64 type release as far as patching is concerned Beast wars would nice to see given the expensive re-release of the show itself has hindered international dvd distribution They also had some decent takes on hasbro board games