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AT&T Reportedly plans to Sell WB Interactive Entertainment - Rocksteady is up for grabs

Studios like Rocksteady and NetherRealm are said to be part of the deal

AT&T Reportedly plans to Sell WBInteractive Entertainment - Rocksteady is up for grabs

AT&T Reportedly plans to Sell WB Interactive Entertainment - Rocksteady is up for grabs

Rumour has it that AT&T plans to sell its gaming division, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in a deal what is said to be worth around $4 billion. According to a report from CNBC, interested buyers include EA, Take-Two Interactive, and Activision Blizzard. 

Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment currently owns a number of games studios, including TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, Monolith Productions, Avalanche Software, and WB Games Boston, Montreal, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco. These studios are responsible for hit games like the Batman Arkham series, the Middle Earth franchise and the Mortal Kombat series. 

AT&T acquired Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment in 2018 as part of its acquisition of Time Warner, WBIE's parent company. This deal has reportedly placed AT&T in a lot of debt, something which the company plans to mitigate with the same of Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment. 

At this time, AT&T has not made a deal with any company, and no deal is expected for some time. Purchasing WBIE will not come with the gaming IP rights to popular franchises like Batman and Harry Potter. AT&T will likely provide their buyer with a licensing agreement which will allow AT&T to generate revenue from these franchises while allowing their buyers to create new games with their intellectual properties.     


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14-06-2020, 07:07:38

Dicehunter
If EA get their hands on these it's good night damn good games and hello micro transaction hell, Same with Activision.Quote

14-06-2020, 07:26:57

tgrech
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
If EA get their hands on these it's good night damn good games and hello micro transaction hell, Same with Activision.
I'm not sure a cable company would have been much better with the corporate greed aspect tbf, they mastered the pricing model of microtransactions long ago, just with comparatively major prices.Quote

14-06-2020, 07:54:00

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by tgrech View Post
I'm not sure a cable company would have been much better with the corporate greed aspect tbf, they mastered the pricing model of microtransactions long ago, just with comparatively major prices.

Very true, I just hope it doesn't go to EA, That would be the death of the franchise in the gaming sense, They've already completely messed up their chance with the Star Wars license, They've now had it 7 years and only brought out/published 1 game, Fallen Order, Can't really count BF1+2 as they are just Battlefield with a Star Wars skin, Quite boring too, And cancelled many others.Quote

14-06-2020, 15:27:54

ImprovizoR
Warner Bros. still owns Batman, so EA would have to purchase the Batman license first.

It's not like anyone worse could buy Rocksteady. We've seen what Warner Bros. is capable of when Shadow of War was designed around microtransactions. Monolith didn't do that because they wanted to. They did it because Warner Bros. suits told them to design it that way. It's highly unlikely that they wouldn't do the same with Rocksteady and their new Batman game, considering how much more popular Batman is. In fact, since the new Batman game is already in development, I'm willing to bet that the gameplay will be designed to entice you to purchase microtransactions.Quote

14-06-2020, 16:05:06

Warchild
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Originally Posted by ImprovizoR View Post
Warner Bros. still owns Batman, so EA would have to purchase the Batman license first.

It's not like anyone worse could buy Rocksteady. We've seen what Warner Bros. is capable of when Shadow of War was designed around microtransactions. Monolith didn't do that because they wanted to. They did it because Warner Bros. suits told them to design it that way. It's highly unlikely that they wouldn't do the same with Rocksteady and their new Batman game, considering how much more popular Batman is. In fact, since the new Batman game is already in development, I'm willing to bet that the gameplay will be designed to entice you to purchase microtransactions.
Can guarantee it won't have focus on MT. They took a hammering with the disaster port of AK, and with the world up in arms on loot boxes and MT's they are on thin ice to create a good title.

Battlefront II MT post on reddit is still the most downvoted post to ever. And it has sent ripples around the world to all developers. Even EA took heed on later titles!Quote
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