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    Last month, attention was brought to the fact that AT&T was looking at prospective buyers to sell their gaming division--WB Interactive Entertainment--to. During the initial claim, a multitude of publishers showed their interest, such as EA, Activision, and Take-Two, though it appears that another major company has thrown their hat into the ring. According to a report, Microsoft is also looking to acquire WB Interactive as well. Currently, nothing is set in stone, and AT&T hasn't confirmed any definitive plans, but should a sale take place, there would be a variety of IPs up for grabs, such as Hitman, the LEGO license, Shadow of Mordor, Batman, Harry Potter and its rumored in-development RPG, and many more. WB Interactive also owns developers and studios that include Avalance Software, TT Games, and Rocksteady. Microsoft would be the most likely candidate for such a buyout, given their recent history in acquiring studios, from Obsidian, to Double Fine, to Ninja Theory, and more, but only time will tell if AT&T decides to sell WB Interactive off, and which company would value it the most.

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  3. TheCasualties

    TheCasualties Just trying to be helpful
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    Wow this is a huge deal. Really hope this goes to a company that will show love to all these different IPs. Out of the companies listed here, I'll hope for Microsoft since they would (hopefully) give the projects to those subsidiaries, some of which seem to still love making decent games. As opposed to the Micro-transaction companies.

    I kind of want to see what an Obsidian made Harry Potter RPG would look like.
     
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  4. SkittleDash

    SkittleDash GBANep
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    I hope Microsoft does grab it. We all know what EA, Activision and Take-Two would do. Especially EA. Not just their microtransactions. But would probably run it into the ground. Like with all the other companies they bought.
     
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    I hope Microsoft get them. They need some more studios for first party now and nobody wants EA to ever get their hands on anything.
     
  6. Rahkeesh

    Rahkeesh GBAtemp Advanced Maniac
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    Far as I've heard it's not clear that the external IPs necessarily go along. Like they can probably finish up existing projects but its not like you own DC and Tolkein rights for future projects.
     
  7. KentaZX

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    Better Microsoft than EA.
     
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  8. CeeDee

    CeeDee Oh, fishsticks. I'm nauseous...
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    Hey, can we toss the Scribblenauts IP off to the side and let, like, Nintendo or an indie have it? Any of these AAA devs would promptly forget its existence.
     
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    MS is going to end up with this.
     
  10. Latiodile

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    i expected all the responses to shit on microsoft, but i guess since EA is one of the competitors there's bigger baddies out there

    i'm pleasantly surprised
     
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    Jesus fuck, 10~15 years ago I'd never see my self saying this. But dear god, if I had to choose between EA, Take Two, and Microsoft, dear god I hope Microsoft buys it. They could make Batman games to compete with Spiderman games.
     
  12. Bladexdsl

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    maybe the lego games won't be as fucking buggy if this happens :lol:
     
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  13. yoyoyo69

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    They'll probably get a license to use for a certain period, this is standard.

    Regardless, whether certain ip or licenses are in or out, will be reflected in the price.

    I also hope Microsoft snag the rights, all others listed would be dire for everyone concerned.
     
  14. KingVamp

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    I agree with everyone. Anyone else on that list is just bad. At least Activision, if not MS.
     
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    I hope Microsoft is the winner, not the evil EA.
     
  16. Graxer

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    HarvHouHacker GBAtemp's "Official" Wii Rock Band Hacker
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    Warner Bros. Interactive up for grabs? I hope Microsoft does NOT buy it! They have too much as it is.
     
  18. leon315

    leon315 POWERLIFTER
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    Weird, that TENCENT didn't showd up this time lul.

    p.s. just reminded that Chinese companies are blacklisted by Orange man and his govt, nvm.
     
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  19. stanleyopar2000

    stanleyopar2000 Dirty Weeb ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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    Oh God if EA Buys WB, there will be lootboxes in Dying Light 2. The gacha loot system of common, rare, epic is already there for exploitation. They can dilute the loot pool with materials and make orange weapons incredibly hard to create.

    Microsoft needs to outbid them
     
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    That means no more multiplatform Bugs bunny?
     
  21. Lumstar

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    The biggest question mark here is WB's Midway back catalog. Everything ranging from Mortal Kombat to the likes of Primal Rage, Paperboy, etc, could be up for grabs.
     
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