What Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard means for racing games
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This week in racing game news:
Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard for a staggering $68.7 billion
It’s buyback season, honey! You think iRacing picks the monster game early this month is a big deal? Pshaw! Trivial. How about Take-Two buys Zynga a week later, at the time, what was the biggest game acquisition ever? Big deal, right? HA! That is Therefore last week. No, today we are talking about Microsoft’s decision to completely blow up the current gaming scene when it announced its intention to get Activision Blizzard for a ridiculous game 68.7 billion dollars. This makes it, by far, the largest game acquisition ever as well as the largest acquisition ever by Microsoft. To put that number into perspective, Disney buys all of Star Wars (and the rest of Lucasfilm to boot), including movies, games, TV, merchandise and more, for a small $4 billion value. Microsoft purchases surpassed that number 17 times. “Call of Duty” has to be a moneymaker’s hell, right?
What does this mean for racing game enthusiasts? Well, at first glance, maybe not so much. Activision Blizzard isn’t necessarily known for a teeming library of driving games, though now there’s a big possibility of games like “Crash Team Racing” and maybe even some classic NASCAR racers will be coming to Game Pass for Xbox and PC, but even that is just speculation. Regardless of the direct, short-term impact, this deal is sure to indirectly affect all gamers in the years to come. We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds and see how Sony reacts to a move from the biggest competitor in the field.
“Hot Wheels Unleashed” Announced Spongebob Squarepants Race Season
In case you thought “Hot Wheels Unleashed” couldn’t be any more nostalgic, the team recently announce a Spongebob themed event to prove you wrong. The new “racing season” includes both free and premium content for players, with big-ticket items being vehicles based on Plankton, Sandy Cheeks, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Squidward and of course the homemade spongy yellow fry. The paid portion of the DLC will get you five of those six vehicles as well as 12 new customization elements for your in-game basement and three new elements for your Unleashed profile. If you ask us, they’ve completely nailed the car designs, and if this is the level of quality we can expect from every partnership, we’re excited to see what comes next. The new season starts earlier this week, and the premium content will be available to buy for just $5 through March 24.
“Gran Turismo 7” released the Daytona International Speedway gameplay video
The “GT7” team has done a great job of keeping players engaged on the official release by slowly rolling out some cool intro videos, with the latest being one of our best looks at the game. game. Last week, the developers released a gameplay video of a race on the Daytona International Highway and as you can no doubt it looks great. There’s not much to say about this, other than to say that March 4th can’t come anytime soon. Check out the new trailer for yourself, below.