Blizzard’s president has insisted Diablo 4 won’t launch on Game Pass amid rumors that the action role-playing game is coming to Microsoft’s subscription service.
“That’s not happening,” Blizzard president Mike Ybarra said in a tweet referring to Diablo 4 being available on Brazilian payment app Xbox Game Pass.
this is not happening.
— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) July 11, 2023
It’s a statement that sounds decisive, but some fans are wondering if Diablo 4 will finally make it to Game Pass if Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes through.
The entertainment world awaits the FTC court’s verdict, which some experts say will determine the fate of the deal. With all eyes on a San Francisco judge who plans to file a motion for a preliminary injunction, an announcement could be imminent, which would likely put an end to Microsoft’s pursuit of Activision Blizzard for good. It will be
Meanwhile, some Xbox owners are holding off on buying Diablo 4 in the hope that the deal will go through and the game will appear on Game Pass. Redditor P0PE_F0X is doing exactly that. “I’ve been patient for a long time, but the game looks good, so I might overturn it.” “Yes, the same applies to COD,” agreed i_am_legend26. “I’d like to play just the campaign.” “I’m 100% waiting,” Arunida added.
Redditor Cannedcocktail said he owns the Xbox version of the game, but has refrained from redeveloping it for PC while “awaiting the outcome of the court case.” Others say they won’t buy a copy of Diablo 4, but will play it when it hits Game Pass. “I wasn’t going to buy it anyway,” said Halos-117. “But if they put it on GP, I’ll probably try it.”
Even if Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard, it’s unclear if games like Diablo and Call of Duty will launch on Game Pass. During the FTC trial, Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick admitted that multiple game subscriptions aren’t a fan of the service, and that’s why Activision’s games are (mostly, if not completely) I acknowledged that this was the reason why it was not posted on the service. If the acquisition does happen, like it or not, Kotick acknowledged that he would stick with Game Pass. “While we disagree with the idea of offering a multi-game subscription service as a future business proposition, we [Activision and Microsoft] You can agree or disagree,” he said.
Perhaps this is what Ibarra is alluding to in his tweet. As far as Activision Blizzard is concerned, Diablo 4 won’t launch on Game Pass, Microsoft-owned or not. Of course, things might change once Xbox boss Phil Spencer comes under the umbrella of Blizzard…
Feeling burnt out in Diablo 4? Blizzard is offering players who have completed all their objectives to take a break from the game ahead of the start of Season 1, dubbed “Season of the Mulligant,” on July 20. I’m telling you. If you’re still playing, check out the interactive Diablo. 4 Use maps to start tracking your progress as you play.
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