Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has expressed his desire to see Guitar Hero and Skylanders return following the Microsoft acquisition.
Every gamer knows about Microsoft’s announced plans to buy Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion and this will be the largest acquisition in the history of the video game industry. Once that’s done, Activision Blizzard, its affiliated studios, and all of the company’s IP will likely be under Xbox starting mid-to-late 2023. Then Xbox will have a chance to do anything. they want with Activision Blizzard’s game franchises, maybe even revive some of the beloved series back into the hearts of gamers.
In an interview with VentureBeat, current Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick confirmed that he and Xbox president Phil Spencer discussed games that could be in development in the future. One of the games discussed was a potential resurgence for Guitar Hero, with Kotick explaining that he’d been wanting to make a new installment in the musical game series for a long time, but couldn’t because of so many problems. . With Microsoft’s resources, the revival of this potential Guitar Hero series will become much more realistic.
Besides wanting to see a Guitar Hero revival, Kotick also expressed a desire for Skylanders to return. Kotick says that one of his “biggest frustrations” is that “other people” have created “bad” things to replace Skylanders and “destroy the market”. “There are things that we can’t do, but Microsoft can,” Kotick told VentureBeat.
It will be a bit complicated to bring the Skylanders series back, but with Guitar Hero, Microsoft is fully capable of resurrecting the series. While Kotick stated he had a “really great vision” for the new Guitar Hero game, it seems that a Guitar Hero that goes back to the roots of the series would be easier to re-engage gamers. A remaster or remake of Guitar Hero that focuses on nostalgia for gamers who grew up with the franchise would give the series a chance to be revived and known to newcomers as well.
Until Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is complete, all gamers can do is speculate on how Xbox handles many of Activision’s major game franchises. Whether it’s bringing World of Warcraft to consoles, making Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive, or reviving defunct franchises like Guitar Hero and Skylanders, only time will tell and everything It will become clear in the coming years.
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