Over the past few years, Activision Blizzard has increasingly become the Call of Duty company, with nearly all of its resources on the Activision side going into major CoD games and Warzone. It’s a frustrating situation for some fans, because Acti-Blizz is sitting on an absolute treasure trove of beloved franchises that are being overlooked. Well, following Microsoft’s surprise purchase of Activision Blizzard, it looks like things could change.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Xbox boss (and future Activision Blizzard exec) Phil Spencer talked about the possibilities he was most interested in, and he didn’t mention Call of Duty, World of Warcraft or Diablo. Per Spencer, he’d like to give Acti-Blizz’s many studios the opportunity to delve into the company’s vast catalog of beloved IPs, specifically mentioning King’s Quest, Guitar Hero and… Hexen?
We hope we can work with them when the deal closes to make sure we have the resources to work on the franchises that I’ve loved since I was a kid and the teams really want to get. I look forward to these conversations. I really think it’s about adding resources and increasing capabilities. […] I was looking at the IP list, I mean let’s go! King’s Quest, Guitar Hero… I should know but I think they have HeXen.
It makes sense that Spencer is trying to branch out. Sure, Call of Duty is great, but Spencer’s goal is to make regular content for Game Pass, so Acti-Blizz Studios working on a wide range of projects is better than putting all your eggs in the same basket.
The sale of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft was largely set in motion when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against the former company, alleging widespread gender discrimination and sexual harassment at the company. editor of Call of Duty. You can get a lot more details on the still-unfolding story here.
So what would you like to see Microsoft remove from the Activision Blizzard Vault? As a fan of old school adventure games, I’m here for any revival of old Sierra games. Not just King’s Quest, but Police Quest, Gabriel Knight, it all works! I would definitely sign up for Game Pass for a new Phantasmagoria.