The lawsuit between the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Microsoft has brought to light a lot of interesting information.
Information continues to appear, and this time the companies that the American corporation considered for acquisition became known.
What is known
Even before the announcement of the merger with Activision Blizzard, Microsoft had compiled a list of companies of interest to it for a potential acquisition, and among them were very interesting developers.
So, the Redmond giant has been eyeing Sega for a long time, since the Japanese own the rights to many popular franchises, such as Sonic, Persona, Yakuza and Total War.
The zone of interests of the American corporation included many Polish studios. The internal document mentions Techland, People Can Fly, 11-Bit Studios, Bloober Team and, of course, CD Projekt RED – the creator of the mega-popular The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077.
Microsoft was also willing to acquire companies such as IO Interactive (Hitman), Gearbox Software (Borderlands), and even FromSoftware.
An internal document listing over a hundred developers that appears in court was drawn up in 2020. At the moment, it is reported that Microsoft’s appetites have decreased and there are only 17 companies in the current list, among which there are definitely Remedy Entertainment, Crytek, IO Interactive and People Can Fly.
Most likely, until the story of the merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard reaches its logical conclusion, the video game industry will not hear about new acquisitions by the American corporation.
Source: The Verge