With Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King, Game Pass is one of the services that the public was waiting for new additions to the catalogue, however this could take a while according to Phil Spencer, CEO of Xbox and Microsoft Games, who highlighted the details on the official Xbox podcast.
During the podcast, Phil Spencer highlighted that, unlike the purchase of Bethesda which was smoother and without so many impediments, the acquisition of Activision Blizzard King took much longer on the part of regulatory bodies, in addition to finding out at the last minute that it would be approved. Therefore, they were unable to plan the launch so far in advance and this reflects on Game Pass, which will still take some time to have Activision Blizzard King games in the catalogue.
“Definitely, when we think about new games that are available, I will be transparent with people. If we were planning to include them in the subscription later this year, I would tell people. And I know there will be some disappointment with that,” says Phil Spencer.
The Xbox CEO also highlighted that he will visit King’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, showing that there are still several processes to integrate Activision Blizzard King into Xbox Game Studios, which has more than 30 subsidiaries, including Ninja Theory, Mojang Studios , Arkane Studios and Tango Gameworks.