Despite Microsoft’s recent closure of the $69 billion Activision Blizzard merger, Xbox fans shouldn’t expect to see Activision games on Game Pass anytime soon. In a recent official Xbox podcast (via The Verge), Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed that no Activision Blizzard games will be dropping on Game Pass until 2024.
“The regulatory process took so long… that we weren’t able to get in and work with the Activision Blizzard on that back catalogue work,” Spencer said in the official Xbox podcast. “Now that the deal is closed, we’re starting that work, but there is work. I think the Activision Twitter handle… did put out something that talked about 2024, and I think that’s accurate. I would love it if there was some kind of secret celebration drop that’s coming in the next couple of weeks — there’s not.”
Before Microsoft completed the Activision Blizzard merger, Activision had revealed that it had no plans to bring Diablo IV or the upcoming Modern Warfare III to Xbox Game Pass this year. It added that, upon the closure of the deal, “we expect to start working with Xbox to bring our titles to more players around the world. And we anticipate that we would begin adding games into Game Pass sometime in the course of next year.”
Spencer said he understands the “disappointment” about the news but reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to Game Pass. “This acquisition is definitely long-term, so the fact that we’re not hitting day one with a bunch of games dropping in to Game Pass is a little bit of a downer, but I’m very excited about the future. And I just want to be straight with people that that’s where we are.”
Fans can’t be blamed for wanting Activision Blizzard games on Game Pass immediately after Microsoft released 20 Bethesda games into Game Pass just two days after completing the studio’s acquisition in 2021. While no actual date has been given in 2024, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be hoping to see Activision Blizzard games on the platform as soon as possible.