Microsoft and Activision Urge FTC to Approve Merger As Three Bethesda Titles Go Xbox-Exclusive

Activision Blizzard Acquisition: FTC Files Suit to Block Microsoft From Completing the Deal


Microsoft and Activision have filed a response to the United States’ Federal Trade Commission, urging the government agency to approve their deal.

The FTC filed a lawsuit against the companies this month, stating that the $69 billion deal would give Microsoft an unfair advantage and too much power over the video game industry.

In its response, Microsoft said that the acquisition “of a single game by the third-place console manufacturer cannot upend a highly competitive industry.”

Microsoft added that it has been made clear that the manufacturer will not withhold the game. “The fact that Xbox’s dominant competitor has thus far refused to accept Xbox’s proposal does not justify blocking a transaction that will benefit consumers,” it added.

Microsoft says there will be three Xbox-exclusive titles from Bethesda

In the same response to the FTC, Microsoft also revealed that Bethesda will come out with three games that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC.

“Xbox anticipates that three future titles—[Redacted], all of which are designed to be played primarily alone or in small groups—will be exclusive to Xbox and PCs,” the response states.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer admitted a few months ago that it has been quite some time since a major first party title landed on Xbox.

He said that the company is excited about 2023. “Getting our first real Xbox first party games out of Bethesda, having them ship Redfall and Starfield, will be a lot of fun,” he added.

Forza Motorsport 8 is set to arrive in spring 2023 along with much anticipated titles like Starfield and Arkane’s open world shooter Redfall.

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