Mike Ybarra from Blizzard has denied the recent reports of Diablo 4 heading to Game Pass. However, with the Activision Blizzard merger seeming more likely after Microsoft’s win against the FTC, the game could still join the subscription in the coming months.
This is not happening.
— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) July 11, 2023
Diablo 4 has set multiple new records for Blizzard’s long-running franchise. Following a record-breaking beta with over 62 million hours of playtime, the game quickly made over $650 million in less than seven days.
As such, the game is a massive success by all metrics. However, Blizzard hopes to continue this success with a live-service model, updating the game and bringing new content each season.
The gaming giant may have also considered resorting to subscription services, with Brazilian application PICPAY potentially hinting at the game’s addition to Xbox Game Pass.
Why it matters: Microsoft aims to acquire Activision Blizzard. The purchase would allow the gaming giant to offer games like Diablo and Call of Duty on Xbox Game Pass.
The application recently showed a banner claiming that Diablo 4 is available on the subscription service. The application may have released the promotion ahead of schedule, hinting at the game joining the service at a later date.
The hearings in the court case between Microsoft and the FTC have concluded, and a decision from the judge is expected this week. A victory for Microsoft would have significant positive implications for the merger’s completion.
The company may be expecting the deal to close, leading to this banner in anticipation of the announcement. Recently, people also purchased millions of dollars worth of Activision stocks, expecting a positive outcome.
However, it should be noted the banner was removed shortly after being put up, leading to the possibility that the company made a mistake. Therefore, it would be best to wait for official confirmation.
While Diablo 4 has no shortage of players, the game’s inclusion in Xbox Game Pass would introduce it to millions of new players. This could also lead to a surge in sales, making the fastest-selling Blizzard title even more successful.
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