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I can't post too many details because you have to be a subscriber to that site to see the full article, but based on the first 2 paragraphs they are citing 2 sources "who are familiar with the situation". AT&T is looking to sell WB Interactive because they have $154 billion in debt, mostly from acquiring Warner Media in 2018.

EA, Activision, and Take-Two have also expressed interest in acquiring Warner Bros Interactive according to an earlier report from a couple of weeks ago. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 06 July 2020

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E3 may be canceled, but these summer juicy rumours continue to persist. I say August would be a good time to announce acquisitions. July is about the games



 

 

This One is believable, If true rip mortal Kombat.
Rocksteady is a good catch but i fear Microsoft Will not gona BE happy with a studio that released a game ONLY every GEN.



 

It would be quite the mic drop if MS purchases WB Games.

However, this type of move would shake up the industry, and I think it would force Sony's hand in terms of acquisitions.



ClassicGamingWizzz said:
This One is believable, If true rip mortal Kombat.
Rocksteady is a good catch but i fear Microsoft Will not gona BE happy with a studio that released a game ONLY every GEN.

Rocksteady released 2 games in the 7th gen, and 1 in the 8th gen, with another most of the way finished now (believed to be a Suicide Squad game). They could probably get both Suicide Squad and another game out during the 9th generation. 



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Hypothetically, if MS purchases WB Games, then would it be the same situation in terms of the next Batman/Suicide Squad/Harry Potter contractually being a multiplatform release, like Obsidian and Outer Worlds?

Or could MS make it console exclusive because these games haven't been formally announced?



PotentHerbs said:
Hypothetically, if MS purchases WB Games, then would it be the same situation in terms of the next Batman/Suicide Squad/Harry Potter contractually being a multiplatform release, like Obsidian and Outer Worlds?

Or could MS make it console exclusive because these games haven't been formally announced?

It all depends on the licensing deal they would get from AT&T. Microsoft would want the games on Game Pass day one, but AT&T would end up making less money because of it. So a compromise of them remaining multiplatform, but also on Game Pass day one, could potentially work out for both of them. 



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I'm 60/40 for buying Series X over PS5 after the PS5 show (was 50/50 before and wasn't very impressed by it or the devices look). If this rumor is true, I'll 100% get Series X. Arkham and Shadows of Mordor series are some of my favorite ever (Arkham City is one of my favorite games of all time), and I'm REALLY pumped for the Harry Potter game.

This would be a stunning get for MS, far more important in influencing my purchasing decision than buying something like Mojang.



PotentHerbs said:
Hypothetically, if MS purchases WB Games, then would it be the same situation in terms of the next Batman/Suicide Squad/Harry Potter contractually being a multiplatform release, like Obsidian and Outer Worlds?

Or could MS make it console exclusive because these games haven't been formally announced?

Chances are all of those would release as multiplats. AT&T is selling the studios and possibly the non WB IP's (Mortal Kombat, F.E.A.R., etc.), but they are keeping the WB IP's for sure (DC, Harry Pottter, Lord of the Rings, etc.), and will license those IP's out instead. Therefore if MS acquires WB Interactive, they will most likely have to let those studios finish the games they are already developing, and let them release on the platforms they were originally intended to release on (unless MS pays extra to get them as exclusives). After the currently in development games though, we honestly don't know what could happen.

-MS could acquire those studios and put them to work on IP's they already own or new IP, saving money on having to pay AT&T/WB for IP licenses

-MS could acquire the studios and get the exclusive licenses for the IP's from AT&T/WB for a limited number of years and do those games as Xbox/PC exclusives (for instance EA got the exclusive Star Wars license for 10 years back in 2013, we could see MS pay for exclusive rights to DC, LOTR, Harry Potter, Lego, etc. for 10 years)

-MS could acquire the studios and get the exclusive licenses for the IP's as above, but release those games as fully multiplat, like they do on Minecraft.

-MS could acquire the studios and get non-exclusive licenses for the IP's, meaning that MS can make DC/LOTR/HP/etc. games, but AT&T/WB can choose to license those IP's out to other developers and publishers as well

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trunkswd said:
PotentHerbs said:
Hypothetically, if MS purchases WB Games, then would it be the same situation in terms of the next Batman/Suicide Squad/Harry Potter contractually being a multiplatform release, like Obsidian and Outer Worlds?

Or could MS make it console exclusive because these games haven't been formally announced?

It all depends on the licensing deal they would get from AT&T. Microsoft would want the games on Game Pass day one, but AT&T would end up making less money because of it. So a compromise of them remaining multiplatform, but also on Game Pass day one, could potentially work out for both of them. 

That makes sense. It would benefit every platform too. 

Although, I still prefer Activision over the rest of the options, Take Two wouldn't be so bad either.