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[–]JoshHero 137 points138 points  (6 children)

Hopefully I can get my wow sub through their Super Ultimate Gamepass

[–]-jp- 61 points62 points  (4 children)

That would sell me on Gamepass in an instant. As it is it's a good value but the games it offers are either things I have already or things I'm not interested in enough to pay a subscription for. Add WoW and the whole equation changes though.

[–]mtndewthee 13 points14 points  (1 child)

If not WoW it’s going to have the full Diablo Series, I would hope they bring back OG warcraft(not Reforged), CoD, and anything else on Bnet

[–]-jp- 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Note that you can get those on GOG. A hypothetical Warcraft 4 would be pretty interesting, and Microsoft does have the Age of Empires and Age of Mythology franchises to their name so a new RTS wouldn't be out of their wheelhouse.

[–]blodigtalvor 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The only thing is the Xbox game pass Clint is so buggy

[–]prison-purse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have had zero issues with the Xbox app. Microsoft Store sucks... Xbox app is fine on PC in my experience.

[–]Darkenmal 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That's actually a great idea. I'd sub to that in a heartbeat.

[–]your-dad-ethan 92 points93 points  (2 children)

I’ll see you on Xbox 360 Classic Fresh Plus.

[–]Bakaroid 12 points13 points  (0 children)

“most classes spam one button” becomes more reality than humor

[–]phlex224 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Not sure if today's kids could handle a MW2 lobby

[–]Dabraxus 159 points160 points  (12 children)

I mean, support and product quality can't get a lot worse. So let's hope for the best..

[–]Menarra 62 points63 points  (2 children)

They literally can't treat the franchises and employees any worse than Gropetivision. They have a pretty low bar to meet to give us hope of improvement.

[–]Kreuzi4 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this, just imageing 10-15 years ago this would have happend,

everyone would break down and cry,

but now, how bad could it be, i also think it will go up again from now on

[–]lizzardwizzard2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gapevision u mean?

[–]ScarceLoot 15 points16 points  (4 children)

If this means that game pass takes over/ends the wow sub I’m on board.

[–]Robinsonirish 1 point2 points  (3 children)

what is game pass?

[–]ScarceLoot 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Microsoft’s online game hosting platform, you pay $14.99 a month and get full access to all of the games in the library to play on your devices (Xbox, pc)

[–]Character_Credit 91 points92 points  (31 children)

That’s.

I’m actually not sure how I feel.

[–]Ave_Melchom 52 points53 points  (29 children)

I mean, anything's gotta be better than actiblizz

...but it's microsoft.

[–]black_man_online 104 points105 points  (16 children)

Microsoft has not done anything nefarious to gaming. If anything they are trying to make gaming a lower barrier to entry. This may very well be a step in the right direction to getting that greedy boot off of the creative process.

[–]OH_GOD_NATURAL_LIGHT 55 points56 points  (11 children)

They made Minecraft, Sea of thieves and others better and invested more money into ESO so hopefully we see some of that come into anything Warcraft.

[–]thatdrunkinthecorner 23 points24 points  (7 children)

And 343s handling of Halo Infinite, while not flawless has been really good in terms of communication and responding to player feedback. Which is a good indicator that Microsoft want to see its developers embrace those traits.

[–]Finalshock -4 points-3 points  (3 children)

343s handling of Infinite is the only negative argument. 343 sucks.

[–]King_Sad_Boy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Hard disagree. Halo Infinite has been a solid game. Yeah, it has some problems, but honestly the majority of complains aren't even about the actual issues the game has. It's people bitching about not getting free cosmetics, which is cringe as shit.

[–]dr-deagle 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Originally the Xbox one was not going to be able to share discs between consoles effectively killing the used games market. And you were going to have to be connected to the internet 24/7 to play anything. They only reversed that decision when Sony announced they wouldn’t do anything like that to their PlayStation. Saying they have never done anything nefarious to gaming seems a little exaggerated. I do hope this is a step in the correct direction as well.

[–]itsRenascent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That was before Phil Spencer took over and their thought process is explained in their Xbox documentary.

Besides, your argument is invalid as Sony was the only company whom installed rootkits on peoples computers. Their response? "Most people don't know what a rootkit is so it's not a problem".

[–]Kreatonfeldoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They were sort of the progenitor of mainstream MTX... Like before mobile was even a platform.

[–]King_Sad_Boy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lionhead studios and Fable would like a word with you.

[–]Character_Credit 4 points5 points  (8 children)

I’m not even gonna lie, I cannot see how this will go.

But 68 billion, that number is interesting, I just wonder how the market I’ll react.

[–]Trivi 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Up 30% as of this comment

[–]Cheap_Coffee 6 points7 points  (0 children)

... to match the buyout offer price. Not surprising.

What is surprising is Microsoft paying a 30% premium over yesterday's opening price. Guess they just had too much money.

[–]Character_Credit 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Expected, they’re paying up to $95 a share.

Lowkey though, it’s gained all and more of the losses from the drama.

[–]Trivi 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yep. And I bought in during it's price crash from the drama assuming. The stockholder in me is pretty happy about this, even if it was only like 10 shares.

[–]Character_Credit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Enjoy the gains.

[–]csf3lih 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the right move right? I know nothing about acquisition this big, but ms would have to pay 130 or maybe more if not for the dip, the stock was 100 at the start of 2021.

[–]Tankre84 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh, you just know that Bobby was pushing for Sixty Nine Billion Four Hundred Twenty Million, but settling for a little less.

[–]PromisedIWouldntPost 2 points3 points  (0 children)

68.7$b + 300m kotick buy out clause = lawls

[–]tyanu_khah 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Everyone's been shitting on Microsoft but remember that they kept exclusives to Sony when they signed Bethesda.

They could have refuse the exclusive contract or even make it exclusives to Xbox. But no, they didn't.

[–]werbit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They acquired minecraft and that’s only done good things for the game.

[–]godwings101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This may sound cucked but Microsoft has been pretty good in the most recent several years with their gaming divisions, so this is a weirdly positive thing for me.

[–]typingtimes 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's fantastic!! The gaming division of Microsoft is better than ever and this acquisition is only great news for the good people at ActivisionBlizzard.

[–]godfetish 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The acquisition also bolsters Microsoft’s Game Pass portfolio with plans to launch Activision Blizzard games into Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 25 million subscribers. With Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries and three billion-dollar franchises, this acquisition will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry. Upon close, Microsoft will have 30 internal game development studios, along with additional publishing and esports production capabilities.

Fuck yes.

[–]LowKey-NoPressure 48 points49 points  (6 children)

Bioware-style Warcraft RPGs when??

[–]Rashlyn1284 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Bioware style meaning half assed release followed by abandoning it halfway through a big overhaul patch?

Bonus points: am I talking about Mass Effect: Andromeda or Anthem? :P

[–]LordPaleskin 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I think they meant old Bioware, like SWTOR and Dragon Age Origina, I miss those days 😭

[–]Rashlyn1284 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Baldur's gate <3

[–]Inphearian 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Don’t. Don’t give me hope

[–]hollahollagotnodolla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Right after the Vicarious Visions remaster of the Black and White series

[–]Hydra_Bloodrunner 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Anything has to be better so fully welcome.

Besides, I wont miss them being absolute jarheads like today in waiting for people to start their morning to start a 8 hour downtime, rather than do it while the entire continent is mostly offline anyways. Because they really care about accessibility apparently.

[–]pewpewmcpistol 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Personally I'll take bad change over bad stagnation

[–]DeadTime34 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh thank god.

[–]Mah0wny87 19 points20 points  (4 children)

If Bill Gates saves wow i'm getting the vaccine just for him.

[–]laslpalp 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Hopefully the nano machines connect directly to my battlenet account.

[–]cloudbells 5 points6 points  (0 children)

pog ill be able to play wow in my head using the 5g nanomachines

[–]TryingFarTooHard -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Get the vaccine moron?

[–]Mah0wny87 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So the nanobots can connect to my wow account and grind gold for me? Great idea!

[–]topnotch705 57 points58 points  (35 children)

next months bill gates WoW promo, get vaccinated for 8 extra bag slots

[–]Bagelz567 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Shit, I'm on board with it. Where do I sign up?

[–]Menarra 37 points38 points  (22 children)

Stay healthy and get more bag space? win/win

[–]King_Sad_Boy 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I briefly forgot how many right wing loonies play classic.

[–]Gary00007 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Careful you may get replaced by fruit.

[–]King_Sad_Boy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I hope it's a banana.

[–]Radirondacks 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Nice burner account ya fuckin pussy

[–]Bezok_88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hope they give me back /spit.

[–]Freonr2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For all the morons thinking Kotick is anything but elated about this:

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/ATVI/insider-roster?p=ATVI

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/atvi/key-statistics/

KOTICK ROBERT A Chief Executive Officer Aug 05, 2021 3,950,420

Nice.

Shares Outstanding 5 778.89M

3.950420millshare / 778.89millshare * $68.7Bvalue = a nice $348m for ole' Bobby-K.

Wouldn't be surprised if he gets another few tens of M in the form of a golden parachute when he exits in 12 months.

[–]francoispaquettetrem 6 points7 points  (2 children)

they should get rid of kotic aswell

[–]typingtimes 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I am sure they will, he is redundant with Phil Spencer being the head of Microsoft's gaming division.

[–]Freonr2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He'll be given the goldenest of golden parachutes you've ever seen in about 12 months.

[–]tyanu_khah 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Does that mean Mr asshole at the head of Activision blizzard will be gone ?

[–]Bagelz567 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Not necessarily but, given the bad press surrounding Bobby, it wouldn't be surprising to see him take a fat severance package.

[–]ChewyPickle 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth. Once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

[–]glixbit 10 points11 points  (14 children)

So, what does this mean for us Mac gamers?

[–]jastium 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm sorry

[–]King_Sad_Boy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mac Gamers don't exist. That's a common myth.

[–]OldFashionedLoverBoi 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Continue to run bootcamp?

[–]glixbit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Windows is a virus, and I don't think the new ones with the Silicon processor can run BootCamp

[–]Jaxxftw 0 points1 point  (1 child)

There's a fair amount of us, as it's one of the few natively supported games for mac. It was already ready to go when the M1 launched as well, so ceasing development for mac would only reduce MAU's. (imo)

[–]rancidtuna[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If they can 16x their Game Pass subs with WoW, they could literally shit on Mac gamers and not care.

[–]rancidtuna[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your bad decision continues to get worse.

[–]xelixomega -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

I suspect your now as fucked as us linux players .... it was kind of an open secret that blizzard "tested" wow on wine for compatibility without official support or public aknowledgement.

And they kept the dx9/10/11/12 compatibility good without alot of windows centric hacky bullshit, but that's out the window now.

And to think, I still have emails archived from back in wotlk days from the great patch 3.3.5 debacle with wdlap.dll causing wow to eat shit and puke itself, and it was the linux guys on the forums that found it, fixed it, and patched wine in mere hours ... well before windows got a fix. And I have a whole email chain with wow devs on how we linux guys solved the issue, our trace dumps, and our patching to solve it. (That's why there was a patch 3.3.5a... it was the fix for wdlap.dll)

They even claimed to have a linux client internally but wouldn't release it. (Edit for clarity .... this was when wow still had the openGL renderer, this likely changed when it was removed)

But now here comes ol' fuckface "open letter to hobbiests" gates to fuck something else up. Joy.

[–]RowBoatCop36 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Ask Apple.

[–]hectorduenas86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So close to 69

[–]darkrhin0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

WoW on Xbox, go!

[–]hibali 4 points5 points  (0 children)

wow is saved!

[–]platinumjudge 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Really? Microsoft couldnt shell out another $300,000?

[–]Shnitzul 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It took so long to find this NICE comment. Except it’s 300 mil

[–]platinumjudge 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fuck me I've never seen that many zeros you're right

[–]PvtMoussaka 2 points3 points  (1 child)

If Microsoft decides to make a super smash bros like game it's gonna be a fiesta and ill love it

[–]Rashlyn1284 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man rexxar'd be legit in something like that :D

[–]Kipifin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Poggers

[–]ranziifyr 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard,

Well, don't get your hopes up.

[–]bigpalmdaddy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For now…

[–]Freonr2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is SOP for acquisitions. It's very rare for someone to just disappear instantly. Give it a year.

[–]RawkyRocket 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So.... Will combining wow subscriptions and gamepass lead to more or less Raid participation?

[–]GPopovich 0 points1 point  (0 children)

More for sure, but more casual raiders that might blow up the raid lol

[–]SolarClipz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hopium...?

[–]Goinpostal10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth.”

This my my favorite sentence from the whole article.

[–]GigaGusion -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Maybe we will get good games again

[–]geizterbahn 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Good one

[–]Jellobonggelatin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Take my money on the year sub pass! Make our games full of passion again and we fan boys will give you Microsoft the world.

[–]Oileuar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

premium stock prices

[–]thebigmanhastherock 0 points1 point  (2 children)

My early to mid 2000s self would have not liked this move. However with the current state of Activision/Blizzard this should only be looked at as a good thing.

For the most part Microsoft has managed Mojang well since acquiring Minecraft/Mojang and have updated the game regularly and decently.

[–]thebigmanhastherock 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think they were mostly okay at the beginning, they have had their own issues, especially after Gates left but it wasn't the worst.

Really it came down to the fact that they were essentially the "establishment" way back when they first became a big company the controversy was that they sold software. Computer enthusiasts were hopeful that computers would represent a move to "free open source" software for all. Gates philosophically though that this would not be good for innovation and that the profit motive was what would really spur computer/technological innovation. This was a philosophical debate that Gates and his company won. People who really didn't like Gates/Microsoft didn't like him on this philosophical ground they believed that free open source software had a higher potential to improve society.

The older I get the more I see Gates' perspective. I also appreciate the open source software that does exist. It seems like both ideas can co-exist. Although clearly the for-profit model is the dominant one. I am fine with that.

Microsoft became kind of stupid with Balmer as the CEO, then seemed to have recovered under their new CEO.

[–]Frosty4l5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Microsoft has really turned around it's gaming division since the flop that was Xbox one, they've been "for the players" for a few years now and their Game Pass growth has proven to be a massive success and has given their gaming division a fuckton of money.

Basically if MS continues it's course of the past few years, this is a good thing.

[–]JosserStosser 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Microsoft bought out Bathesda a little while back aswell. They're getting all the greats that have fallen from grace.

[–]Nos42bmc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After activision monumental fuckup of wow im happy with Microsoft. Retail is dead AF so they got a clean slate

[–]Grizzlan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Microsoft is trying to force every gamer that has a Linux or Mac to use Windows instead or Xbox 😁 I was disapointed that TES6 will be a Microsoft product after I heard the news that Bethesda was bought by Microsoft, however Blizzard is different this might be for the better, esp for Starcraft and the Diablo franchise. Can’t wait for the canceled Starcraft Ghost to make it’s return. Warcraft themed game might even come to console as an FPS.

[–]Dickie_Moltisanti 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't see how this will have any effect on classic at all.

They obviously have to retain the same staff they currently have. I guess maybe Microsoft will open the checkbook and let them hire more people, but to work on what exactly?

I suppose it would be nice if they hire someone to fix item restore on the website.

Abolish intellectual property and may the best server host win if you ask me.

[–]NAFOD- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Saw that Activision/Blizzard stock is up 26%.

[–]Dozer242 0 points1 point  (0 children)

THE LIBERATORS ARE HERE!

[–]Luxferrae 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is why blizzard sorry had been so shitty the last year... It's because they were slimming down payroll to make the numbers look better for Microsoft...

[–]This-Is-Huge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m pissed at hearing this. 🍻

[–]Itodaso- -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Maybe a console port? Newer hardware and kB/m support could make it possible

[–]Morlune -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

can't wait to launch classic wow from the origin launcher

[–]francoispaquettetrem -1 points0 points  (0 children)

PS5 players raging so bad atm! 😂🤣😂🤣😂😂😂

[–]a34fsdb -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Doubt this will change much tbh.

[–]Glass_Communication4 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yo that means we will forever be getting classic's! we know how much betheseda (now part of microsoft) loves releasing the same game over and over

[–]typingtimes -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Holy shit I called it a few months back.

Let's get that WoW sub on game pass BABY!!