In what could be the first major power play of the next generation, Microsoft are looking to acquire Warner Bros’ gaming division, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. Xbox Games Studios has been known to acquire some top studios including Mojang, Playground Games Ninja Theory, and Obsidian among others, and now it looks like they are gearing up to acquire another big name.
Warner Bros parent company AT&T is reportedly looking to offload the gaming side of Warner Bros after acquiring WarnerMedia and DirecTV, which they also brought along a $154 billion debt. AT&T are reportedly looking for $4 billion if they do decide to sell.
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has many notable subsidiaries to its name including NetherRealm (Mortal Kombat), Rocksteady (Batman Arkham series), Traveller’s Tales (LEGO games), Monilith (the Middle Earth games), as well as Avalanche Software, who are currently developing a next-gen Harry Potter game, and Warner Bros Montreal, who are currently developing two DC Comics games.
If a deal could be made, this could potentially make some of the top gaming franchises exclusive to Xbox, which could be a huge selling point for the Xbox Series X. Having Mortal Kombat, the Arkham series, LEGO games, the next Middle Earth game and the hugely anticipated Harry Potter game all on Xbox Series X is a major reason to choose Xbox over Playstation.
But it isn’t just Microsoft who want to acquire the company. EA, Activision & Take-Two are also reportedly also interested. One of these would likely keep the games multi-platform, but Microsoft has extremely deep pockets, and if they really wanted to acquire it, they could probably outbid the competition.
As the next generation gets into full hype mode, this is the first big shot fired, and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can pull off this deal.
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