With today’s acquisition, Crash Bandicoot will become an Xbox mascotte, and many other franchises will join the list.

If you haven’t figured it out, Microsoft made the deal of the year by acquiring Activision Blizzard, and earning Crash Bandicoot as a new mascot in the meantime. The historic character who has become the icon of the PlayStation era, who for the record has also been appearing on other consoles for some time, is part of the many Activision Blizzard franchises.

Among which there are, to reiterate the obvious, also the famous Blizzard brands including Overwatch, which recently was at the center of a rather thorny controversy that also involved LEGO. In the large catalog of the conglomerate there are also some real blockbusters such as Call of Duty, which will be interesting to see how they will be treated at the level of publication on other consoles.

As we said, Activision Blizzard is a company that owns many video game franchises, among the most important in the history of the medium, and it is shocking to think about how many of these are now owned by Microsoft.

The Redmond house inevitably rocked the market, with a nearly $ 70 billion acquisition that is unprecedented in video game history. Two of the largest companies in the world of gaming will be one, between now and June 2023 when it is estimated that the acquisition process will be complete legally, and Microsoft will also add all the Activision Blizzard brands to its studies.

What exactly are the franchises that will enter the catalog and will join all the first party studios and Bethesda, just to give an example? Here is the complete list, compiled by the colleagues at Gamespot: Activision

  • call of Duty
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Guitar Hero
  • Spyro the Dragon / Skylanders
  • Tony Hawk

Blizzard

  • Diablo
  • Hearthstone
  • Lost Vikings
  • Overwatch
  • Starcraft
  • World of Warcraft

King

  • Bubble Witch Saga
  • Candy Crush
  • Diamond Diaries Saga
  • Farm Heroes Saga
  • Pet Rescue

As you can see, a list to make your head spin. Who knows if Microsoft will also take advantage of it to revive still franchises, such as Guitar Hero. King’s collective franchise is also very important, which has some of the strongest brands on the mobile market on its side, in which Microsoft is now joining the best exponents.

If, perhaps, titles like Call of Duty continue to come out on PlayStation, certainly many of these will be included within the Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft, to date, has stated that it will make different decisions depending on the franchise, although of course it will want to keep exclusives for the Xbox platform.

Now it remains to be seen what will become of Bobby Kotick, the controversial CEO of Activision Blizzard, whose post-acquisition fate is still unclear.

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