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shikamaru317 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?

Chances are all of those would release as multiplats. WB is selling the studios and possibly the non WB IP's, but they are keeping the WB IP's, 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

I can see the second option being the most plausible scenario if MS goes through with this acquisition. 



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For fucks sake. Stop it. Stop monopolizing.



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Leynos said:
For fucks sake. Stop it. Stop monopolizing.

MS hardly has a monopoly currently, I don't think there is a single country on the planet who try and block this acquisition on antitrust grounds. The studios they've acquired so far were either MS 2nd party already (Playground and Undead Labs), or independent studios that were struggling financially and were looking to be acquired (Obsidian, inXile, Double Fine, Ninja Theory). WB is no exception, AT&T wants to sell WB Interactive, MS wouldn't be seeking to acquire them aggressively or something. 

Besides, Sony is eyeing acquisitions right now as well, with rumors they are looking into acquiring Leyou, which would give them Digital Extremes (Warframe), Splash Damage (Brink, Gears Tactics), SNK (King of Fighters and Samurai Showdown), and possibly Certain Affinity (they'd have to choose to acquire the rest of Certain Affinity's shares, as Leyou only owns 20% of them currently). 

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Not surprised! And I think Microsoft should buy them



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shikamaru317 said:
Leynos said:
For fucks sake. Stop it. Stop monopolizing.

MS hardly has a monopoly currently, I don't think there is a single country on the planet who try and block this acquisition on antitrust grounds. The studios they've acquired so far were either MS 2nd party already (Playground and Undead Labs), or independent studios that were struggling financially and were looking to be acquired (Obsidian, inXile, Double Fine, Ninja Theory). WB is no exception, AT&T wants to sell WB Interactive, MS wouldn't be seeking to acquire them aggressively or something. 

Besides, Sony is eyeing acquisitions right now as well, with rumors they are looking into acquiring Leyou, which would give them Digital Extremes (Warframe), Splash Damage (Brink, Gears Tactics), SNK (King of Fighters and Samurai Showdown), and possibly Certain Affinity (they'd have to choose to acquire the rest of Certain Affinity's shares, as Leyou only owns 20% of them currently). 

I said the same thing in the Sony thread and stand buy it. Tired of both buying everything. Make your own studios.



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That would be a pretty big get for Microsoft’s gaming division. It makes so much sense that it pretty much guarantees it won’t ever happen.



Leynos said:
shikamaru317 said:

MS hardly has a monopoly currently, I don't think there is a single country on the planet who try and block this acquisition on antitrust grounds. The studios they've acquired so far were either MS 2nd party already (Playground and Undead Labs), or independent studios that were struggling financially and were looking to be acquired (Obsidian, inXile, Double Fine, Ninja Theory). WB is no exception, AT&T wants to sell WB Interactive, MS wouldn't be seeking to acquire them aggressively or something. 

Besides, Sony is eyeing acquisitions right now as well, with rumors they are looking into acquiring Leyou, which would give them Digital Extremes (Warframe), Splash Damage (Brink, Gears Tactics), SNK (King of Fighters and Samurai Showdown), and possibly Certain Affinity (they'd have to choose to acquire the rest of Certain Affinity's shares, as Leyou only owns 20% of them currently). 

I said the same thing in the Sony thread and stand buy it. Tired of both buying everything. Make your own studios.

They are being sold... somebody has to buy them...



Pretty much every major American publisher is "interested".





Leynos said:
shikamaru317 said:

MS hardly has a monopoly currently, I don't think there is a single country on the planet who try and block this acquisition on antitrust grounds. The studios they've acquired so far were either MS 2nd party already (Playground and Undead Labs), or independent studios that were struggling financially and were looking to be acquired (Obsidian, inXile, Double Fine, Ninja Theory). WB is no exception, AT&T wants to sell WB Interactive, MS wouldn't be seeking to acquire them aggressively or something. 

Besides, Sony is eyeing acquisitions right now as well, with rumors they are looking into acquiring Leyou, which would give them Digital Extremes (Warframe), Splash Damage (Brink, Gears Tactics), SNK (King of Fighters and Samurai Showdown), and possibly Certain Affinity (they'd have to choose to acquire the rest of Certain Affinity's shares, as Leyou only owns 20% of them currently). 

I said the same thing in the Sony thread and stand buy it. Tired of both buying everything. Make your own studios.

Fair point then. But it is worth noting that acquiring studios is nothing new for either of them, both MS and Sony have been doing it for a long time. Sony's Bend, Guerrilla Games, Sucker Punch, Insomniac, Media Molecule, and Naughty Dog were all acquired, not created (as well as the now closed Bigbig, Evolution, Icognito, Studio Liverpool, and Zipper Interactive). Microsoft's Rare, Compulsion, Double Fine, inXile, Mojang, Ninja Theory, Obsidian, Playground, and Undead were acquired by comparison (as well as many of their former studios, including Bungie, Twisted Pixel, BigPark, FASA Studio, Lionhead, Press Play, and Ensemble). 

It's understandable why they both do it, acquiring existing studios is far less risky than trying to build them from the ground up.



BOLLOCKS said:
Pretty much every major American publisher is "interested".


So far Sony, Ubisoft, and Zenimax haven't expressed interest. But yeah, 4/7 have expressed interest now.