The Redmond-based tech giant is getting its hands on a lot of new IP, which is not in use at the moment.
With Activision Blizzard King, Microsoft could significantly expand its content portfolio, including many older series and games. Activision is best known for Call of Duty, but in the past, the company has released much more, from skateboarding games to platformers and open-world crime/crime fighter titles. The latter category was inspired by Grand Theft Auto. If Microsoft’s $68.7 billion deal closes, it doesn’t automatically mean that older games will be resurrected, just that there could be a chance.
On Reddit, four games have been named that the public would like to see: True Crime: Streets of LA, True Crime: New York City, Tony Hawk’s Underground, and Blur. Some people would like to play them on Xbox Series with backward compatibility, while others would like remakes or remasters. The problem with support for older games is that Microsoft has stopped expanding the catalog. Still, Activision seems to have given up on older Tony Hawk games, even though Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 was good… but Tony Hawk has admitted that Vicarious Visions had plans to revamp the third and fourth installments, but the studio eventually folded into Blizzard, so there’s no chance of that happening.
But there’s also Guitar Hero and Skylanders. There have been rumors of a return for the latter, but this time without the physical characters (which used to be the main feature, as with the Disney Infinity titles). True Crime is also in question, but we saw a similar game in 2012 that was ultimately based on that IP. It was Sleeping Dogs, but after Activision dropped the project, a new IP was born, eventually published by Square Enix.
So there would be a choice for Microsoft, but after the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, Bethesda’s older IPs didn’t become Xbox-exclusive. Yet.