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Those in charge at Warner Bros. Games are looking to double down on video games in the live-service space despite the underwhelming performance of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. For the most part, WB Games has had a pretty strong past year. This strength was primarily thanks to the massive success of Hogwarts Legacy, which ended up being the highest-selling game for the entirety of 2023. And while one would think that this achievement would prompt WB Games to create more projects in the style of Hogwarts Legacy, it sounds like the opposite is what will be happening.

In a talk during a Morgan Stanley conference this week, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO of games and streaming JB Perrette opened up about the company's strategy with video games moving forward. Perrette said that in the AAA space, in particular, the market has been quite "volatile." He pointed to the massive sales of Hogwarts Legacy and the lackluster sales for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League to prove this point. As a result of said volatility, Perrette said that Warner Bros. wants to take its four biggest franchises (Harry Potter, Mortal Kombat, DC, and Game of Thrones) and try to create products that would exist in the live-service or free-to-play space.

"We think the opportunity for us [...] is to take those four franchises and be able to develop a much more holistic approach, particularly around expanding into the mobile and multiplatform free-to-play space, which could give us a much better and consistent set of revenue. And you'll see us launching later this year some mobile free to play games, which we hope will start building that," Perrette said. "So rather than just launching a kind of one-and-done console game, how do we develop a game around, for example, Hogwarts Legacy or Harry Potter, that is a live service where people can come today and live and work and build and play in that world on an ongoing basis? And so, we think we've got the franchises, we've got some of the greatest studio capabilities, and we have a roadmap and a strategic investment plan to try and build out that business, and we think there's meaningful growth over the course of the next couple of years."

Lol, these guys are completely fucking braindead. Not only do they learn nothing from Marvel’s Avengers and the assload of other single-player live-services flopping, they learn nothing from their own live-service fuck-ups.

Let’s not try to replicate Hogwarts Legacy, the bestselling game of last year, that would make too much sense for these numbskulls.

I remind you that this is the same studio that actually thought it was a good idea to spoil the Godzilla vs. Kong winner in just the second trailer, wanted to keep Ezra Miller as the Flash in Gunn’s DCU, refused to call Cameron Monaghan’s character Joker by name in Gotham because “it would confuse audiences” while having multiple Batmen running across their various DC shows and other nonsense. And I’m not even scratching the surface of all their boneheaded decisions.

Can’t fix stupid.