Almost two years ago, Microsoft announced that it would acquire Call of Duty and Diablo maker Activision Blizzard for a whopping $69 billion. With reports suggesting that the October 13 deal will close tomorrow, the saga is almost over. Ahead of that deal being finalized, we’ve learned that Activision Blizzard won’t be putting the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III or the recently released Diablo IV on Xbox Game Pass this year. Now, thanks for the new report Windows CentralActivision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick held an all-hands employee meeting yesterday where he interviewed former late-night show host James Corden about future technology, acquisitions and Guitar Hero.
The first Guitar Hero hit the PlayStation 2 in 2005, and several sequels, spin-offs, and more were released between then and 2015, when the last Guitar Hero in the series launched, Live. While talking about how Elon Musk’s Neuralink, VR, and Microsoft research will help in the future exploration, where players can interact with things on the screen without using a controller, Kotick hinted at Guitar Hero. Windows Central.
“The biggest part of what I’ve seen at Microsoft is research,” Kotick reports. “And they do development in phenomenal areas. And so being able to tap into new ways of thinking about their AI and machine learning capabilities, data analytics, graphics — I see unlimited potential in what we do. We’re unique. We’re positioned as a company because we have the best franchises in all of video games. have.”
Windows Central Activision reported that Kotick later talked about the next 10 years of gaming for Blizzard while recalling the company’s past to talk about Pitfall, River Rides and Guitar Hero.
“The iteration of Guitar Hero and other content wouldn’t be possible without a variety of resources,” he said. “So, you know, the endless possibilities of the future are just incredibly exciting.”
It’s not quite confirmation that Activision Blizzard is reviving Guitar Hero, but it seems like the company is at least interested. What “various types of resources” Kotick is referring to in regards to the Guitar Hero re-employment, only time will tell. That probably means they’ll be able to tap Microsoft’s resources when Activision Blizzard closes an acquisition deal soon, presumably.
In the meantime, remember to read on of Windows Central Full report For more on Kotick’s thoughts on AI, Activision Blizzard’s history, and more.
After that, check everything Game Informers Guitar Hero reviews and then picks up the biggest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III news from last week’s COD Next live stream.
(Source: Windows Central)
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