Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda still resonates in the minds of gamers today. However, what could this mean for the future of Microsoft? Could it make a significant impact on the future gaming market with this purchase? Well, it does make things interesting for things to come from Xbox. There is much speculation for what Microsoft has in store for Bethesda-owned franchises and IP’s. This could range from console exclusivity, DLC, Game Pass utilization, creation of new titles, and more. As well as speculation on other companies Microsoft could potentially buy next. Many are worried about the state of Bethesda’s more notable titles, such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series. If you own an Xbox or PC, you have nothing to worry about, but if you are a devoted PlayStation user, then — yikes! Microsoft could make sure Bethesda games won’t make a debut on the PlayStation 5.
I doubt it, but the games are reportedly going by a “case-by-case” basis. Which could mean the end for Bethesda on Sony branded consoles after Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo releases.
This will only be the tip of the iceberg because Microsoft may purchase more companies in the future. No word on what those companies are, but we might have a few ideas of which ones will be bought out. Microsoft is a trillion-dollar company, so they do have enough capital to buy many companies on the market if they wanted to. Sort of like what Disney does currently in the movie marketplace. Let’s take a look at 3 companies Microsoft could potentially buy in the future.
If you are interested, there is a list of 3 companies Sony could potentially buy next, too.
1. WB Games
WB Games has been rumored to be up for grabs in purchasing its various assets for quite some time now. The company is a big deal, especially for comic fanatics and narrative-driven gamers out there. This would be a perfect purchase for Microsoft to truly compete with Sony. Why do I say that? Well, take a look at Marvel’s Spider-Man and Street Fighter V. The one thing those two games have in common is that they are Sony exclusives. In correlation to competition, Microsoft’s purchase of WB Games means they will own the Batman Arkham series and the Mortal Kombat franchise. They could make these into exclusive titles that would sway many players to purchase an Xbox or Windows 10 PC. It’s cruel to see if you are a one platform player, but it makes sense in the grand scheme of things.
The Batman Arkham series is considered by many to be the best superhero franchise of all time. Why not have it compete with Insomniac’s Spider-Man? Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, and Gotham Knights are on the horizon. Also, there is plenty of Batman lore that could make for great titles and stories. Speaking of stories, Microsoft’s purchase of WB Games could revitalize TellTale Games, giving us plenty of inventive stories. I really hope to see Wolf Among Us: Season 2 in this lifetime, but it would be great to see the studio alive again. WB Games would be the best option for Microsoft right now. The only problem is parent company AT&T does plan on keeping WB Games for now, but it doesn’t mean they won’t change their minds in the future.
Ubisoft is a big player in the gaming industry. Solely because it’s the number one go-to for anyone that loves stealthy games or taking part in some truly impressive mayhem, a purchase of Ubisoft would be massive for Microsoft. It would be up there with the recent Bethesda purchase in terms of its impact on the gaming market. Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry being the most popular franchises that garner a big fanbase for both. The Assassin’s Creed’s yearly release schedule alone would make a great profit, as long as there are no horrific bugs or glitches, of course. Looking at you, Unity. The franchise doesn’t show signs of slowing down, with big hits like Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla pushing the series in the right direction.
While the Assassin’s Creed series is flourishing, there is one franchise fans would love to see make a comeback in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. Having Sam Fisher back in the brand new game would turn a lot of heads. Another thing to consider for in an Ubisoft purchase is Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass will be featuring an EA Play partnership in the future for the Xbox Series X/S. Ubisoft also has a streaming network called UPlay. This could be a great deal of interest if Microsoft could expand Game Pass with both EA Play and UPlay.
Remember the good ol’ days of Halo on the Xbox and Xbox 360? The countless firefights in the Blood Gulch, taking the first steps onto the halo, and of course, spamming the crouch button on the enemy after a kill. Ah, good times. Well, you can thank Bungie for that. At the time, Bungie and Microsoft’s relationship were two peas in the pod, with Bungie at the helm of the company’s most popular franchise. Since leaving Microsoft, Bungie formed Destiny, which received mixed reviews upon launch and spawned a sequel. On the other side of the spectrum, Microsoft employed 343 Industries to take over the duties of Halo. No offense to 343, but some fans believe Halo‘s best years were when Bungie piloted the banshees.
It would be interesting to see Bungie teaming up with Microsoft once more. I say this could be a possibility; it depends on Halo Infinite’s reception. So far, judging by the criticism of Infinite’s latest showcase, Infinite has a lot to make up for within the graphics department, with the misstep causing a delay in the game’s release date. I would wait to see what 343 can deliver come launch time. If not, Bungie could be acquired again, which would combine both 343 and Bungie to perhaps make for a dream Halo that would bring together the old school and new school. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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