Activision Blizzard Reveals Xbox Game Pass Integration Plans for 2024
Activision Blizzard has finally shed some light on its plans for integrating its popular titles into the Xbox Game Pass. With the imminent closure of Microsoft's colossal $69 billion acquisition deal, fans eagerly awaited news about when they could expect to see iconic franchises on the subscription-based gaming service. While fans eagerly await this union of gaming giants, it seems they'll need to exercise more patience, as Activision Blizzard has revealed that titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Diablo IV won't be arriving on Game Pass this year.
A Slow Start for Game Pass Integration
The Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal, estimated at a staggering $69 billion, is on the brink of completion, with the expected closing date just days away. While the gaming community anticipates the merger's impact, many have been wondering when they can expect their favorite titles to join the Game Pass library.
In a statement released on October 9, 2023, Activision Blizzard addressed these questions, stating, "While we do not have plans to put Modern Warfare III or Diablo IV into Game Pass this year, once the deal closes, we expect to start working with Xbox to bring our titles to more players around the world. And we anticipate that we would begin adding games into Game Pass some time in the course of next year."
This timeline suggests that gamers may have to wait until 2024 to see some of their favorite Activision Blizzard titles on Game Pass. While the acquisition deal is expected to close soon, the exact release dates for specific games remain uncertain.
Despite the delayed rollout, the prospect of Activision Blizzard's extensive game library joining Xbox Game Pass is exciting news for subscribers. Once the integration is complete, players can expect to access a wide range of titles, including popular franchises like Call of Duty and Diablo.
Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda, which led to a plethora of Bethesda titles becoming available on Game Pass, serves as a promising precedent for what lies ahead. Gamers can anticipate a similar influx of games from the Activision Blizzard stable, offering more choices and entertainment options within the subscription service.
While Modern Warfare III and Diablo IV may not be available on Game Pass this year, the prospect of these titles, along with many others, joining the service in the near future is undoubtedly thrilling news for gamers.