Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, recently described the progress of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard as a “positive direction” as the company awaits regulatory approval of the deal that would see it own wildly popular franchises such as Duty ad World of Warcraft. He also believes we’ll likely see “less and less” exclusives play a role in the console’s future. These comments come after Xbox recently acquired Bethesda Softworks, bringing upcoming, highly anticipated games like starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI console exclusive to Xbox – and is trying to finalize the aforementioned Activision deal.
In a preview of an interview of BloombergEmily Chang’s airing tonight Bloomberg Studio 1.0 at 9:00 p.m. ET, Phil Spencer spoke on a variety of topics, including the company’s recent moves to: acquire Activision Blizzardthe control of Activision’s Documented Culture of Sexual Harassmentthe union efforts seen at Activityand how he believes the concept of exclusives will follow the way of the dinosaur.
Commenting on Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Spencer said that while he’s never signed a “70 billion dollar deal,” he’s optimistic it’s all going according to plan. Team Green recently spent money and bought up Bethesda, the company that produced legendary titles such as The Elder Scrolls series and the recent precipitation sequels, before setting his sights on the Codfish publishing house. Spencer also believes that the experience of gamers unable to play the same games together online because they “bought the wrong piece of plastic to play on [the] television” is an outdated concept. He is rather promised to keep Duty as a cross-platform title for at least some time, saying in the new interview:
“We are thrilled to be able to bring more players to reduce friction, make people feel safe while playing, allow them to find their friends, play with their friends no matter what device – I think on the long term that is good for this industry.”
Speaking of people feeling safe, Spencer also stated that he believes Activision Blizzard is “committed” to improving the company’s wretched reputation regarding sexual harassment. Declaring that he knows some “studio leaders” at Activision Blizzard “very well” and that “some of them [are] former Xbox members,” he noted that they are committed to the “journey” of addressing systemic issues surrounding sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.
The full interview will air later tonight, perhaps providing some more context for Spencer’s comments, including a desire to acquire more content for Xbox.