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#1 Ghosts4ever
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Interesting.

Microsoft Batman is great encounter to sony spiderman.

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#2 VFighter
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MS would be a great choice...bwahahahahaha...give me a minute to catch my breath and wipe the tears from my eyes.

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#3 R4gn4r0k
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I just want more Middle Earth games, dammit.

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#4 R4gn4r0k
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@vfighter said:

MS would be a great choice...bwahahahahaha...give me a minute to catch my breath and wipe the tears from my eyes.

Other options would include:

-Activision: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-EA: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-Take Two: which would turn all the studios into Rockstar support studios to work on GTA V online expansions.

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@R4gn4r0k said:
@vfighter said:

MS would be a great choice...bwahahahahaha...give me a minute to catch my breath and wipe the tears from my eyes.

Other options would include:

-Activision: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-EA: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-Take Two: which would turn all the studios into Rockstar support studios to work on GTA V online expansions.

EA make nothing but star wars and battlefields, Activision make nothing but COD only.

out of 3 only logical choice is take two.

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#6 SolidGame_basic
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Microsoft is always looking into stuff, aren't they?

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@R4gn4r0k said:
@vfighter said:

MS would be a great choice...bwahahahahaha...give me a minute to catch my breath and wipe the tears from my eyes.

Other options would include:

-Activision: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-EA: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-Take Two: which would turn all the studios into Rockstar support studios to work on GTA V online expansions.

Yeah I'll take MS please or someone could give me 4 billion....

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#8 Ghosts4ever
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@SolidGame_basic said:

Microsoft is always looking into stuff, aren't they?

Sony get ip of childish superhero or worst super hero of all time.

microsoft getting rights of dark superhero who is also only cool super hero in history ie Batman.

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#9 SolidGame_basic
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@ghosts4ever said:
@SolidGame_basic said:

Microsoft is always looking into stuff, aren't they?

Sony get ip of childish superhero or worst super hero of all time.

microsoft getting rights of dark superhero who is also only cool super hero in history ie Batman.

Spider-Man rocks, dude. You must've had a deprived childhood!

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MS would be the best case scenario for WB but I doubt this rumours are right.

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#11 R4gn4r0k
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Yeah I'll take MS please or someone could give me 4 billion....

If someone were to give me 4 billion, I'd use my wealth to do right.

I.e. make sure that Monolith could make more Middle Earth games.

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#12  Edited By sakaiXx
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4 billion for Batman IP seems like a good purchase. Not only that the winner will gain rocksteady and Monolith production which is very talented studios.

Also Mortal Combat, Fear, and Entire Justice League roster. But if microsoft do buys they will loses 1/3 and up to 2/3 of the market considering for most games the largest consumer base is Playstation followed by PC or vice versa.

Edit: I just read that even if microsoft buys WBIE, they will not have access to Harry Potter or DC Comics. Wow what a waste. AT&T maybe looking to sell simply due to shareholder pressure to sell parts of WB that it acquired to lessen debt.

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#13  Edited By PC_Rocks
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Not gonna happen because:

1. They won't be able to make a ROI due to it being limited to one platform

2. WB won't allow their IP to be exclusive to one platform and hence decrease their potential royalties. Spiderman on PS4 was a unique situation due to Disney/Sony movie deal.

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#14  Edited By Sushiglutton
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Some twitter guy called "Slasher 41" informs us that MS is "kicking the tire". Some context why this should be taken seriously would be nice.

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#15 Ghosts4ever
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@SolidGame_basic said:
@ghosts4ever said:
@SolidGame_basic said:

Microsoft is always looking into stuff, aren't they?

Sony get ip of childish superhero or worst super hero of all time.

microsoft getting rights of dark superhero who is also only cool super hero in history ie Batman.

Spider-Man rocks, dude. You must've had a deprived childhood!

even when i was kid. i prefer Batman. spiderman is too colorful and childish to me.

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@R4gn4r0k said:

I just want more Middle Earth games, dammit.

You should play Lord of the Rings Online, one of the best MMOs out there :)

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#17 SolidGame_basic
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@ghosts4ever said:
@SolidGame_basic said:
@ghosts4ever said:
@SolidGame_basic said:

Microsoft is always looking into stuff, aren't they?

Sony get ip of childish superhero or worst super hero of all time.

microsoft getting rights of dark superhero who is also only cool super hero in history ie Batman.

Spider-Man rocks, dude. You must've had a deprived childhood!

even when i was kid. i prefer Batman. spiderman is too colorful and childish to me.

What makes Spider-Man more childish than Batman?

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#18 deactivated-5f9d77f5cef3a
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Batman games sucks compared to Spiderman when it comes down to New Game plus. No counter signs, more difficult enemies and bosses on Batman NG + games. Spiderman is more fun, accessible.

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#19 Ghosts4ever
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accessible.

if its accessible. then its not good.

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#20 R4gn4r0k
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@ghosts4ever said:
@magnum3000 said:

accessible.

if its accessible. then its not good.

Games were accessible to you one day.

So yeah, you're right: not good.

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#21 kuu2
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Would have happened already if it was true. This could be the leak that it did happen but I’m doubtful.

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#22  Edited By St_Monica
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To my understanding, the rumored Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is just a subsidiary/game division of its parent company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. If so, purchasing that department does not transfer any rights owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., including Batman. (However, I do not know which company owns the rights of Mortal Kombat.)

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Why are people assuming that IP's are part of the sale? I doubt they're going to just sell off the rights to Batman when they can license Batman to whoever they want for the right price and not have to develop the game themselves. I think they're just selling off their studios.

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Batman is terrible, who cares.

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#25  Edited By Daredevils2k
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If MS buys WB then say good bye to quality games and say hello to flops. Every time MS buys a studio they either make flops or MS closes them down .

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#26 watercrack445
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Microsoft is a first-party publisher. If AT&T is going to sell it they should sell it to a third-party but all the options are all terrible.

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#27  Edited By Archangel3371
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Very interesting and would definitely be a huge get especially just for Mortal Kombat and Batman alone.

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@SolidGame_basic said:
@ghosts4ever said:
@SolidGame_basic said:
@ghosts4ever said:
@SolidGame_basic said:

Microsoft is always looking into stuff, aren't they?

Sony get ip of childish superhero or worst super hero of all time.

microsoft getting rights of dark superhero who is also only cool super hero in history ie Batman.

Spider-Man rocks, dude. You must've had a deprived childhood!

even when i was kid. i prefer Batman. spiderman is too colorful and childish to me.

What makes Spider-Man more childish than Batman?

Finished Spiderman GOTY last Friday. Had a blast playing it, unlocked all the costumes / upgrades / collectibles in the main game. Finished all the DLC , but DLC activities remain untouched for later replay. Even i had reservations before buying it , now can't wait for Miles Morales if gameplay is as good as OG.

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Mortal Kombat vs Killer Instinct if MS buys WB. Make it happen MS :)

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#30 Fedor
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Hope they pull the trigger on it. They'd be better than Activision or EA getting their hands on it.

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@st_monica said:

To my understanding, the rumored Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is just a subsidiary/game division of its parent company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. If so, purchasing that department does not transfer any rights owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., including Batman. (However, I do not know which company owns the rights of Mortal Kombat.)

You are correct about the rights: the sale of WBIE would not give the purchaser the rights to the Batman and DC properties, as those are still held by WarnerMedia/AT&T. However, the sale would likely go hand-in-hand with a licensing deal that would give the new WBIE owner the ability to make more games featuring those.

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#32  Edited By WhatAFailure
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I hope not. Don't you dare take Batman and future potential DC superhero games from us.

If Xbox Series X flops, which it very well could, imagine how shitty the sales would be for Rocksteady, being tied to a losing console when they could've sold another 10-20 million more if their new games were multiplatform.

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#33 Heil68
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Well...that would spell disaster to gamers around the world.

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#34 PC_Rocks
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I think Google and Amazon will be more eager to get them than MS or any other. They most probably won't get the IP licenses but the acquisition makes perfect sense for them.

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#35 lilhurk1985187
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I heard EA was going to buy WB

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@ghosts4ever said:

Interesting.

Microsoft Batman is great encounter to sony spiderman.

The thing is they wouldn't keep the IP's just the studios. AT&T can shop Batman to whoever they want.

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#37 WeRVenom
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This is honestly terrible Rocksteady makes great Batman games and Neatherrealm does well with MK and injustice. This means whoever buys these studios gets the studios without the IP's. So who knows if will ever see DC related games again and if we do they could be given to a shit dev.

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@R4gn4r0k: In summary, Choose your poison.

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So are Activision, EA, and Take-Two.

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literally no credible link whatsoever. weaksauce post even for TC.

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I don't really care either way, but what games would this even effect outside of Batman? Just new IP's or existing studios and or games?

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#42  Edited By deactivated-5efed3ebc2180
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MS buying WB's IP and studios would finally make "WB games" on PC actually playable/worth buying since launch + the MS Store version of MK12 and Injustice 3 having full cross-play (Xbox+PC) would be awesome - just dusted off Killer Instinct few weeks ago and still works great.

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I hope not. Don't you dare take Batman and future potential DC superhero games from us.

If Xbox Series X flops, which it very well could, imagine how shitty the sales would be for Rocksteady, being tied to a losing console when they could've sold another 10-20 million more if their new games were multiplatform.

Stop being so entitled... Spider-man is also only on PS and no-one seems to be crying about that.

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#43 hardwenzen
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Microsoft should buy Sony so the missing 2.9tflops inside the PS5 could be added into the system.

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#44 Basinboy
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Helps drive up the price at least. Whether it’s a good idea for MS to be hoarding IP is another matter. I am highly skeptical they would do anything noteworthy in the existing catalog outside of the licensed franchises.

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@ghosts4ever said:
@R4gn4r0k said:

Other options would include:

-Activision: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-EA: which would close half the studios and lay off half the workforce of the remaining studios.

-Take Two: which would turn all the studios into Rockstar support studios to work on GTA V online expansions.

EA make nothing but star wars and battlefields, Activision make nothing but COD only.

out of 3 only logical choice is take two.

I'm not a fan of Take-Two but I agree with you that I would rather they own Warner Bros games than EA and Activision. EA is a mess of a company while Activision would just have some of the WB Games studios make Call Of Duty maps. Granted Activison has been doing a good job on remastering the Crash and Spyro games but I still don't like them.

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@Zero_epyon said:

Why are people assuming that IP's are part of the sale? I doubt they're going to just sell off the rights to Batman when they can license Batman to whoever they want for the right price and not have to develop the game themselves. I think they're just selling off their studios.

You think the studios alone are worth 4 billion? Some IP's would have to be part of the sale.

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@whatafailure said:

I hope not. Don't you dare take Batman and future potential DC superhero games from us.

If Xbox Series X flops, which it very well could, imagine how shitty the sales would be for Rocksteady, being tied to a losing console when they could've sold another 10-20 million more if their new games were multiplatform.

Some tissues for your issues...

Also don't see your crying that Spider-Man is exclusive, toughen up princess lol.

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@i_p_daily said:
@Zero_epyon said:

Why are people assuming that IP's are part of the sale? I doubt they're going to just sell off the rights to Batman when they can license Batman to whoever they want for the right price and not have to develop the game themselves. I think they're just selling off their studios.

You think the studios alone are worth 4 billion? Some IP's would have to be part of the sale.

I'm pretty sure I read, it was ALL ip's.

@whatafailure said:

I hope not. Don't you dare take Batman and future potential DC superhero games from us.

If Xbox Series X flops, which it very well could, imagine how shitty the sales would be for Rocksteady, being tied to a losing console when they could've sold another 10-20 million more if their new games were multiplatform.

I think if MS flops this gen they will just focus on games/services. They haven't done very well for any generation in hardware. They've been pushing to get GP/live on switch for a while too. Sony flat out said "no" lol.

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@npiet1 said:
@i_p_daily said:
@Zero_epyon said:

Why are people assuming that IP's are part of the sale? I doubt they're going to just sell off the rights to Batman when they can license Batman to whoever they want for the right price and not have to develop the game themselves. I think they're just selling off their studios.

You think the studios alone are worth 4 billion? Some IP's would have to be part of the sale.

I'm pretty sure I read, it was ALL ip's.

@whatafailure said:

I hope not. Don't you dare take Batman and future potential DC superhero games from us.

If Xbox Series X flops, which it very well could, imagine how shitty the sales would be for Rocksteady, being tied to a losing console when they could've sold another 10-20 million more if their new games were multiplatform.

I think if MS flops this gen they will just focus on games/services. They haven't done very well for any generation in hardware. They've been pushing to get GP/live on switch for a while too. Sony flat out said "no" lol.

nah even if they buy the studios, WB and AT&T still owns the DC comics and Harry Potter IP. I do think AT&T would allow for 10 - 20 year deal. not like DC is making money apart from Batman games.

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#50  Edited By Litchie
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Well, that would be way fucking better than EA or Activision.