Following the massive news that Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard comes an easy-to-miss update on the company’s popular subscription platform – Xbox Game Pass tops 25 million subscribers.
The news that Xbox Game Pass tops 25 million subscribers was buried at the bottom of their announcement to acquire the massive publisher Activision Blizzard. Microsoft confirmed after their latest big acquisition, they’ll have 30 internal game development studios, alongside eSports production pipelines.
Microsoft will naturally add the Activision Blizzard developed and published games to Xbox Game Pass, noting the nearly 400 million monthly active players across 190 countries and their three massive franchises will add more value to Game Pass.
“Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer said. “We also announced today that Game Pass now has more than 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass.”
This is a huge leap in terms of subscriber growth when compared to their 18 million Game Pass subscribers milestone from just last year. Microsoft has committed to having all games published from their growing internal studios available on Game Pass from day one, so it makes sense the platform is popular.
Sony is reportedly and rumored to be working on their own alternative for Game Pass, which would presumably include their own first-party games and potentially old games as well.