SpyroSource: Activision

In case you haven't been following the news, Microsoft gobbled up Activision Blizzard, meaning the latter's properties are being injected into the ever-expanding body of Xbox. Therefore, if you want a new Spyro or Tony Hawk game, you need to be praying to Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming.

But which franchise deserves said thoughts and prayers? After all, Activision Blizzard has been sitting on a lot of IPs that could use a full-on revival or, at the very least, a loving dust-off. Which one do you most want to see Xbox bring back to prominence?

Spencer has openly acknowledged that Guitar Hero is cool, so the fact that that particular franchise is on his mind bodes well for fans of the series (air guitar with a next-gen version of the cast-aside Kinect??). HeXen is also in his sights. In case you don't know what that is, it's the 1995 DOOM-with-magic shooter that made our list of the 5 Activision Blizzard franchises Microsoft should revive (in our opinion).

With that said, not every Activision Blizzard IP in need of a tuneup is ancient or completely defunct. It's worth mentioning Crash Bandicoot, for example. Sure, the zany orange guy got a brand-new adventure with Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, but since a lot of that game's devs got shuttled over to the Call of Duty mines, it's worth hoping Xbox will remember that Crash is awesome and deserves to stay in the public consciousness.

In summary: Activision Blizzard is sitting on a mountain of beloved intellectual properties, many of which have seen recent action and many of which haven't. There are too many to list in a poll or address in an editorial, so if the gaming love of your life wasn't mentioned here but qualifies for a Microsoft revival thanks to the Activision Blizzard acquisition, by all means, sound off in the comments.