Xbox chief wants to revive iconic ‘StarCraft’ series

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has stated he wants to speak about reviving the iconic StarCraft series following Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Back in January, Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard in a deal value a reported £50billion. Despite investigations into the merger by trade our bodies, Microsoft are nonetheless “very, very confident” the deal will go forward.

And Xbox chief Phil Spencer is already occupied with what he can do with Activision Blizzard’s giant catalogue of IPs. Earlier this week, he confirmed it wasn’t Microsoft’s “intent” to make Call Of Duty a Xbox unique and in a brand new interview, Spencer has spoken about presumably reviving the iconic, groundbreaking StarCraft series.

The authentic StarCraft was launched in 1998, whereas sequel StarCraft 2: Wings Of Liberty got here in 2010, with standalone growth Legacy Of The Void rounding off the saga in 2015. A remastered model of the unique StarCraft was launched in 2017.

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Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void. Credit: Activison Blizzard

Asked by Wired if Xbox had plans for StarCraft going ahead, Spencer stated: “The first thing I would say is, I’m not allowed to make any decisions about what happens at Blizzard or Activision or King. So this is all just kind of talking and thinking about what the opportunity is.”

He went on to talk about Blizzard’s “heritage of real-time strategy games” together with World Of Warcraft earlier than speaking about how “StarCraft was a seminal moment in gaming. From an esports perspective, from real-time strategy on console perspective, and from just an real-time strategy storytelling perspective in the genre.”

He continued: “I’m excited about getting to sit down with the teams at Activision and Blizzard and King to talk about back catalogue and opportunities that we might have. So I will dodge the question other than to say it’s not something I can actively work on right now. But the thought of being able to think about what could happen with those franchises is pretty exciting to me, as somebody who spent a lot of hours playing those games.”

In different information, a complete of 5 Ratchet And Clank video games are due to be part of the PlayStation Plus Premium library, in celebration of the franchise’s twentieth anniversary.

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