Gaming

Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for nearly US$ 70B

Massive acquisition

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Here’s a move no one saw coming. Microsoft has just acquired gaming company Activision Blizzard for a whopping US$ 68.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

This means every studio and every game under Activision Blizzard now belongs to Microsoft. These include the creators of popular franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, and more.

The acquisition will make Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.

Bobby Kotick, who has been embroiled in several issues concerning company culture will remain as CEO of Activision Blizzard. Once the deal formally closes, he and his team will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

Exclusives?

The initial statement release stated that the Microsfot will continue to be present in the platforms that Activision Blizzard has established communities in. This could have allayed fears that the acquired titles will now be exclusive to Microsoft and Xbox. However, this line is no longer present and has been replaced with statements from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer.

“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella.

“Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want,” said Spencer.

Game Pass

The acquisition bodes well for Microsoft’s Game Pass. It already boasts of hundreds, if not thousands of gaming titles as well as over 25 million users.

The acquisition will add some parts of  Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries. It will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry.

Entertainment

Sony confirms ‘Horizon’ and ‘God of War’ shows are coming

And a Gran Turismo show

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After years of terrible video game adaptations, the entertainment industry just can’t get enough of them in the past year or so. Shows and films based on popular video game titles are setting the world on fire. If Sony’s latest investor’s meeting is anything to go by, it looks like we’re not done with the genre. Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War are reportedly getting TV series soon.

Sony had a lot to say during its latest meeting. However, amid all the announcements, the general implication was simple enough to understand. The company wants to expand and grow its branches outside of console gaming. That plan includes adapting more of its exclusive properties into television.

Reported by analyst David Gibson on Twitter (via IGN), Sony has officially confirmed development for a Horizon series on Netflix, a God of War series on Amazon, and a currently untethered Gran Turismo series.

Unfortunately, the presentation did not reveal any other details for the upcoming shows. Plot and casting details are still an unknown.

All three titles, especially Horizon and God of War, are part of Sony’s prized possessions. An adaptation for any of these titles is huge. However, it’s always a hit. Most recently, Sony allowed an Uncharted film to show in theaters, and the response was… mixed. While the sheer number of video game adaptations are impressive, their quality is definitely all over the place for now.

SEE ALSO: Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

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Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

More games for PC and mobile

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Do you have a PlayStation 5 already? Despite being more than a year since its launch, the new console practically flies off from the shelves and into the hands of lucky buyers (less likely) or scalpers (more likely). However, based on Sony’s current plans, you might want to claw a bit deeper for one. Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025.

Recently, Sony hosted a business briefing for its investors. Reported by Video Games Chronicle, company president Jim Ryan shared what the PlayStation has in store for the future. More conclusively, Ryan stated that they have plans to bump up releases for both PC and mobile platforms. By 2025, around half of Sony’s game releases will launch for those two platforms.

In the past, Sony was notoriously against releasing its exclusive games for the PC. However, the company recently reversed its stance by porting some of its titles, including Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War. With its latest plans, Sony is hugely diversifying its portfolio.

As you might have noticed from above, that’s not the only thing they hinted at. Though Ryan did not speak much about it, the graphic also depicts a stark lack of PlayStation 4 titles coming out in 2025. The year will see only PlayStation 5, PC, and mobile releases, potentially signaling the end of the PS4 era.

SEE ALSO: Upgrading my PlayStation 5 storage

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Computers

Build the ultimate gaming PC: MSI, EVA e:PROJECT team up

Have an Eva-01 Test Type-themed PC

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EVA e:PROJECT

MSI joined forces with esports brand EVA e:PROJECT for an exclusive collection that gives gamers and fans the chance to build the ultimate gaming PC.

For the collaboration, MSI has incorporated the classic Eva-01 Test Type purple and green colors into these four PC components:

  • Motherboard
  • Liquid cooler
  • Power supply
  • PC case

This will allow enthusiasts to make a one-of-a-kind Evangelion Unit-01 themed PC.

MAG B660 TOMAHAWK

The limited-edition MAG B660 TOMAHAWK motherboard is the centerpiece of the collection.

It features the famed NERV logo on the Extended Heatsink, along with Evangelion’s Matisse EB font.

MSI’s Mystic Light also offers an exclusive EVA lighting effect to add flair.

MAG CORELIQUID C240

The MAG CORELIQUID C240 All-in-One (AIO) Liquid Cooler showcases the Eva-01 Test Type as its main design.

Aside from the NERV logo, the cooler’s water block combines gorgeous ARGB lighting and purple highlights to further stand out.

MAG A650BN, MPG GUNGNIR 110R

Meanwhile, the MAG A650BN power supply unit (PSU) brings its stability and excellent power efficiency while incorporating the colors of the Eva-01 Test Type.

Complementing everything is the MPG GUNGNIR 110R case coming in a sleek design with a tempered glass side panel.

It also features Evangelion’s font and an illustration of the Eva-01 Test Type on the other side.

Availability, giveaways

The MSI X EVANGELION e: PROJECT collection launches this month.

To make things more exciting, MSI has also partnered with Intel and Kingston for giveaways, such as:

  • An Intel 12th Gen processor
  • A Kingston Beast DDR5 memory

Fans are invited to complete quests for a chance to walk away with the grand prize.

For more information on the EVA e:PROJECT, visit the campaign page here for details.

 

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