The Xbox & Bethesda showcase is coming up very soon, and we may see more studios join the Xbox family. Rumors have been swirling that Xbox and Microsoft have purchased up to three studios. Jeff Grubb has mentioned this on his podcast, adding weight to the rumors. There are plenty of Microsoft acquisition rumors circulating, and we have all of them listed below.
Warner Bros currently own the creators of the Mortal Kombat and Injustice games. However, after news last year that Warner Bros were looking to sell their games studios, rumors have circulated that Microsoft were looking to make the big purchase. IGN’s Julia Alexander has since reported that Warner Bros games may be split, with some studios being sold after the recent merger with Discovery. If Microsoft have acquired NetherRealm, an announcement could come very soon. Jeff Grubb reported on the rumor, saying that it is only ‘smoke’, so take it with a pinch of salt.
Rocksteady are another of Warner Bros big studios that could have been acquired by Microsoft. The team behind the Batman Arkham series, as well as the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, was reportedly for sale last year, along with the rest of the Warner games division. Whether Warner Bros have since decided to sell or keep the studio is unknown.
The Just Cause series has made a comeback lately, with Just Cause 3 and 4 continuing the series in recent years. With plenty of other successful games in their repertoire, it seems Xbox may be interested in purchasing Avalanche. This is another rumor that has been fuelled by Jeff Grubb, but it’s important to remember that he says these are just rumors. In fact, Grubb reported that roughly two weeks before the showcase, he was hearing that Microsoft would not be announcing acquisitions at E3 2021. However, with rumors heating up, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will want to deliver on some of that talk for their fans.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is expected to appear at the Microsoft & Bethesda showcase, with a console port rumored to launch very soon. With the massive success on PC, it’s no wonder that Microsoft would want to lock down the French studio. The rumors around this Microsoft acquisition haven’t come from anyone in particular, though. Rather, it just seems like a smart move for Microsoft. Asobo have revitalised the Flight Sim series, and they also developed the critically acclaimed A Plague Tale: Innocence.
Another rumor that has floated recently is that Microsoft are looking to buy Crytek. This doesn’t seem to have any direct source, but Jeff Grubb has mentioned it. Crytek are currently working on the Crysis Remastered Trilogy, but they have previously collaborated with Microsoft on Ryse: Son of Rome. Is it possible that we could see a Ryse sequel come to Xbox Series X|S? We’ll find out if the rumor holds any weight during the Xbox showcase.
IO have gone from strength to strength recently, with the massively successful Hitman reboot trilogy. Since Hitman 3 launched in January 2021, the team have been hard at work on their 007 Bond game, which was revealed last year. However, reports from Windows Central suggest that IO are also working on “something different”. According to Jez Corden, the team have been in talks with Microsoft to develop a new, fantasy RPG, under the working title Project Dragon. With the two studios reportedly collaborating, Microsoft may be eyeing IO for a big acquisition. Regardless, it’s likely that their Bond game would still come to all platforms, including PlayStation.
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