Xbox Potentially Gearing Up To Acquire Another Publisher In 2024

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  • According to reports, Xbox seems to be gearing up for another publisher acquisition.
  • The gaming giant may consider studios like Konami and Warner Bros for a buyout.
  • Microsoft previously purchased Bethesda Softworks and Activision Blizzard.

Xbox’s first-party lineup is bigger than ever because of the acquisition of major studios like Bethesda, Activision, and more. Following these buyouts, the company has a strong lineup and seems ready for the future.

However, Microsoft is motivated to grow further. If recent reports are to be believed, even more acquisitions are being planned at the company, with one possibly being announced before the end of the year.

Why it matters: Following the Activision Blizzard buyout, Microsoft was expected to lay low for a while and stop its acquisition spree. It seems that this may not necessarily be the case.

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Xbox Bought Activision Blizzard For Nearly $70 Billion Last Year

Following an exciting showcase, Xbox’s first-party powers were on full display.

According to reports from famous podcast host King David, the gaming giant is preparing to expand this lineup with another merger. One major publisher could be bought by the end of the year.

The report lists studios like Sega, Konami, and Warner Bros as potential acquisition targets, though nothing seems set in stone for now. Such targets would align with Phil Spencer’s past goals, which hinted at acquisitions as big as Nintendo.

Since Microsoft has already carried out such a huge acquisition in the past, it may be worth taking this information with a grain of salt. Microsoft is currently facing a difficult financial situation, so adding more first-party studios would not be ideal.

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The Team Behind Redfall Was Recently Shut Down

However, it has recently shut down teams like Arkane Austin, so perhaps the gaming giant could be looking to add a few studios to compensate for recent losses.

With Microsoft positioned as a third-party publisher today, big acquisitions make more sense than they did in the past. Still, with regulators barely agreeing to clear the Activision merger, they may no longer be willing to accept huge deals in the future.

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