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Xbox acquisitions: Why Warner Bros. Interactive makes more sense than Take-Two

Published: 09:41, 20 September 2021
Xbox are rumoured to be interested in acquiring WB Interactive
Xbox are rumoured to be interested in acquiring WB Interactive

Take-Two are a bigger publisher than Warner Bros. no doubt about that, but we feel that Xbox should target a company with IP that is arguably needed in their portfolio.

Microsoft are always talking to various companies regarding the acquisition and recently, rumours have once again started to surface that something big could be announced in the coming weeks. Honestly, we doubt anything will happen anytime soon but Xbox fans are excited and are speculating who could be the next big company to join Xbox first-party studios.

Two names that are frequently mentioned on gaming forums and social media are Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games and 2K, and Warner Bros. Interactive division with studios like Rocksteady, NetherRealm and IP such as Batman, Mortal Kombat and others.

Now, many would say that Take-Two with Grand Theft Auto IP is instantly worth more than any other publisher but we think otherwise. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment would be a better fit for Microsoft.

WB Games Batman Arkham logo on black background Batman Arkham logo

Massive superhero IP

Since Sony are pretty much aggressively locking down Marvel IP to the PlayStation platform, Microsoft probably need a pop culture IP to counter this. Indiana Jones from MachineGames is a good start but Xbox need more and there's nothing bigger than Batman and Superman in the world of superheroes. 

Getting both of these and making them exclusive for Game Pass platforms would be a massive win for Xbox. 

Warner Bros. Scorpion performing his fatality in Mortal Kombat 11. Mortal Kombat 11

Fighting games

This genre, along with third-person games, is one of the areas that Xbox needs to improve. And there is no better studio than NetherRealm to expand your fighting games portfolio. The creators of the iconic Mortal Kombat on a new Killer Instinct game? That wouldn't be so bad, right?

If Microsoft were to buy WB IP, they would also get two top of the line franchises in Injustice and Mortal Kombat, and just like Batman and Superman, these are arguably some of the biggest fighting franfhsies in the world. 

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 screenshot LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 screenshot LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

TT Games for family-oriented titles

The UK-based publisher who focus on creating LEGO titles for more than a decade, could be an ideal studio to bring more family-oriented games to Xbox. With Game Pass being advertised for all ages, Xbox needs more of those "E for Everyone" titles.

These are our thoughts on the next potential Microsoft acquisition. Whether Microsoft are actually talking to AT&T regarding the potential acquisition of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, it remains to be seen. 

Though, one thing is for certain. Microsoft are far from being done with acquisitions and if WBIE are on the table, they certainly won't think twice before sending the offer.

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