Even before the Activision Blizzard acquisition, Microsoft confirmed that games would not end up directly on Xbox Game Pass. Some games will be available for subscription in 2024, but one big game is said to be changing: Call of Duty.
how He hearsMicrosoft will not offer the popular franchise to Xbox Game Pass users so as not to jeopardize the good sales numbers, which bring a lot of money to Microsoft's coffers. However, this has not been confirmed yet.
Microsoft has become more than a publisher
I'd also be surprised, because Microsoft heavily advertises Xbox Studios with “day one release” and Activision Blizzard is now one of them. This may have something to do with Microsoft's new strategy, which we'll talk about next week.
Microsoft will likely become a mainstream games publisher, and although Xbox Game Pass is now profitable, selling games like Call of Duty is even more lucrative. The games section has now transcended Windows.
I'm really looking forward to next week and a “business update” from Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. Financially, I can understand all of this, but it would certainly hurt the Xbox brand if you didn't include the biggest blockbusters in the subscription and games on PlayStation.
Perhaps Microsoft has simply given up and is no longer interested in competing with Sony, and perhaps Satya Nadella is content to be a publisher.
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