Phil Spencer wants to revive dormant Activision Blizzard franchises like Hexen

A few days ago, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Since then, questions about Call of Duty exclusivity and Activision Blizzard’s existing sexual harassment issues have dominated the headlines. However, a new interview between Microsoft Gaming head Phil Spencer and The Washington Post has revealed more about the company’s plans for dormant franchises and why it acquired Activision Blizzard.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Spencer will talk to the developers about working on a number of legacy franchises such as Guitar Hero and Hexen. Hexen is basically Doom with magic, and maybe id Software will make a sequel in the future. id Software was also acquired by Microsoft along with Bethesda. Spencer told the outlet the following.

I looked at … the list, that is, let’s go! King’s Quest, Guitar Hero… I should know this but I think they have Hexen… We hope to be able to work with them once the deal is closed to make sure we have the resources to work on the franchises that I like. from my childhood, and that the teams really want to get. I look forward to these conversations. I really think it’s about adding resources and increasing capabilities.

In addition, Spencer spoke in detail about the reasons for buying Activision Blizzard. The Wall Street Journal reported that he was concerned that companies unfamiliar with the gaming industry were invading the industry. Just take a look at Google. The corporation created its internal Stadia studios and shut them down when it didn’t see immediate results. It usually ends badly.

Microsoft wants to become a corporation known for its games because there is currently a vacuum in that space, at least in the West. Spencer said the following.

When we look at Microsoft’s other big tech competitors: Google has search and Chrome, Amazon has stores, Facebook has social media, all these large-scale consumer companies… tech companies for how many consumers they reach, games might be the ones for us .

It will be interesting to see what happens in the future when the deal with Activision Blizzard is done, if there is no objection from the government. Let’s hope that franchises like Hexen will return and deliver valuable new experiences.