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42 minutes ago, radicaldude said:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You think listed companies just toss around price sensitive information willy nilly to every tom dick and harry. 

Mergers and Acquisitions are bound by strict NDAs and are only known on need to know basis. 

The person who has tweeted this is an idiot. 

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10 minutes ago, radicaldude said:

 

 

Will obviously refer to killzone when it gets revived. I was referring to the games we have information about (bioshock 4 which is under production, most prolly a ps5 exclusive), or have already launched (deathloop). 

 

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We have talked umpteen times before about how deathloop was way deep in development for the ps5 before the acquisition. I'm pretty sure Sony played a significant role in its development cycle. The reason they launched it as a ps console exclusive. 

That’s not how “limited” console exclusives works. If sony actually helped the dev for making the game in a greater way it wouldn’t come to pc in any way, nor it would have timed exclusivity. 
 

It’s just like epic exclusiveness. Sony  gave ‘some’ money thus gotten a limited console exclusivity. Not helped Arkane made the game. That’s not how industry works. 

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2 hours ago, WhiteWolf said:

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Lol..how the turn tables. Sony still "planning" to compete with the only thing Xbox was boasting about in the last few years while MS already executing to counter what Sony has been boasting about for more than a decade :) 

 

3 hours ago, radicaldude said:

They just need to wait for another PS showcase. 

All I can hope for is they dont rush it and come up with CGI trailers of games which are yearssss away from release.(Pardon, if there is no chance of this happening...I am not a world class analyst of VG industry like many here 😛)

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2 minutes ago, Bauji said:

Lol..how the turn tables. Sony still "planning" to compete with the only thing Xbox was boasting about in the last few years while MS already executing to counter what Sony has been boasting about for more than a decade :) 

 

All I can hope for is they dont rush it and come up with CGI trailers of games which are yearssss away from release.(Pardon, if there is no chance of this happening...I am not a world class analyst of VG industry like many here 😛)

 

 

A PS showcase is scheduled for Feb (in all probability). 

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If no one could stop Disney from monopolising the movie/tv industry then I don’t think M$ can be stopped either. 
 

Stake holders of behemoth publishing houses are willingly looking for an exit. 
 

As I said Something > Nothing. 

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DEFINING THE FUTURE

 

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Team,

Today is an incredibly exciting day. As we continue our journey to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment, we will eventually do so as part of Microsoft. I am certain that our incredible talent and extraordinary games combined with our shared commitment to the very best workplace will enable us to grow in an increasingly more competitive race for leadership as gaming through the metaverse evolves.

 

How we got here and where we’re going

 

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When you reflect on what we’ve built together, we have so much to be proud of. For the last 31 years, we’ve continuously shaped gaming through our commitment to deliver joy, fun, and the thrill of accomplishment.

We’ve transformed games into social experiences and enabled players to find purpose and meaning through the most engaging form of entertainment – our games. By doing so, we’ve created and entertained communities of hundreds of millions of players.

Connecting these communities together is the next step. Facebook, Google, Tencent, NetEase, Amazon, Apple, Sony, Disney – and many more – have ambitions for their own gaming and metaverse initiatives. Established and emerging competitors see opportunity for virtual worlds filled with professionally produced content, user generated content and rich social connections.

Our talent and our games are important components of the construction of a rich metaverse. We have always attracted the very best game makers and built the very best games, seizing opportunity with passion, inspiration, focus, and determination.

 

 

A partnership to define the future

 

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As investments in cloud computing, AI and machine learning, data analytics, and user interface and experience capabilities are becoming more competitive, we believe this partnership will better enable our ambitions.

In considering possible partners, all roads ultimately lead to Microsoft. Like us, they have been making games for a long time. Microsoft has already distributed games to hundreds of millions of the world’s computers and computing devices and has technologies and innovation that will support the next generation of games.

Microsoft also will support our journey to further strengthen our culture. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, has been a passionate advocate for caring as the currency of leadership. Inspiring people through empathy is a powerful motivator, and one we embrace as we renew our resolve – and in the work we are now doing – to set a new standard for a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture.

Importantly, Microsoft wants you – your talent, your creativity, and your dedication to each other. Activision Blizzard’s success throughout the years can be directly attributed to each of you. Microsoft recognizes the commitment to excellence and creative independence that sets us apart, and we anticipate minimal changes for our workforce following the close of the transaction. Microsoft’s diverse operations will give us access to valuable expertise, technology, and tools and provide even greater opportunities for learning and development.

No organization’s culture, including ours, is without need for improvement, and thanks to your input, we are making strides in improving ours. My commitment is to continue evolving our culture so that come closing, Microsoft is acquiring an exemplary workplace.

 

 

What’s next

 

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Transactions like these can take a long time to complete. Until we receive all the necessary regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions are satisfied, which we expect to be sometime in Microsoft’s fiscal 2023 year ending June 30, 2023, we will continue to operate completely autonomously. I will continue as our CEO with the same passion and enthusiasm I had when I began this amazing journey in 1991.

Of course, this announcement will give rise to so many questions. We will host numerous forums and events to make certain we address your concerns.

I am incredibly proud of this company, you, and the work we have done together. Now it’s on to our next chapter and the endless possibilities this transaction represents for us. I couldn’t be more appreciative of your efforts, focus, and the dedication to connecting the world through joy and fun.

With gratitude,

Bobby

 

 

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8 minutes ago, hsk_colossus said:

I am pretty disappointed by this acquisition.

I don’t care about most of the games they got .. only Diablo.. rest seem meh… 

Anyways bethesda > Activision 


They are not wooing you PCMRs and Console Peasants with this, They are going for Tencents of the world.. They could have easily bought other studios if that was the goal, but they are going All In…

 

Yes, core gamers got Bethesda so that should keep us happy.. 

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1 hour ago, radicaldude said:

 

 

This. Have been harping about innovation since day 0. It's easy to acquire ips. Difficult to build/manage and sustain one. Monopolisation is never good for the industry. Anti trust laws should kick in immediately. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, radicaldude said:
 Monopolisation is never good for the industry. Anti trust laws should kick in immediately. 

 

 

 

 


lol Kuch nahi hoga.

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MS and anti-trust laws are best friends since the 90s, nothing is going to happen. Especially since they said they're still behind Sony and Tencent. DoJ wont give a second look unless the entity is one of the top two companies.

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I personally Liked Destiny 2 as last Activision game(but now it’s not) & COD BO4 last game that I bought but didn’t enjoy all that much. 

Will Play new Modern Warfare sometime in the future & see. 


On Bathesda side liked Skyrim & playing FO4 right now but they’re not really something that’s groundbreaking for me. 
 

Played Wolfenstein 1 & can’t wait to play 2 

Played but didn’t finish Dishonoured on PS3 & would like to play that franchise. 
Doom is still pending. 
Evil Within is a horrible game halfway through. 
 

Gears trilogy was fantastic & so were halo Games on 360.  
But kinda worn out on me 
 

I will definitely buy Xbox again at some point it seems. 
 

 

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2 minutes ago, AnK said:

I personally Liked Destiny 2 as last Activision game(but now it’s not) & COD BO4 last game that I bought but didn’t enjoy all that much. 

Will Play new Modern Warfare sometime in the future & see. 


On Bathesda side liked Skyrim & playing FO4 right now but they’re not really something that’s groundbreaking for me. 
 

Played Wolfenstein 1 & can’t wait to play 2 

Played but didn’t finish Dishonoured on PS3 & would like to play that franchise. 
Doom is still pending. 
Evil Within is a horrible game halfway through. 
 

Gears trilogy was fantastic & so were halo Games on 360.  
But kinda worn out on me 
 

I will definitely buy Xbox again at some point it seems. 
 

 

 

 

Just like @hsk_colossus many people are neutral/unhappy about this acquisition. 

 

 

my question remains. When do they actually start bringing new games out. 

 

 

ps- even the latest cod was a flop. The best cod in the last few years was the MW 2019 reboot. 

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Just now, radicaldude said:

 

 

 

ps- even the latest cod was a flop.


LMAO no it didn’t.

It just didn’t do as good as expected from COD. 
 

Also COD wasn’t really popular here or among the hardcore gamers in general anymore. 
But it was the biggest bread & butter for console market. 

 

It going absent on PS is not really good for either of the brands from a financial point of view. 
 

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