Warner Bros. Interactive not being sold to Microsoft

It was only a month ago that reports claimed Warner Bros. Interactive was on the market. Warner Bros. Interactive houses such studios as Rocksteady, the team behind the Batman Arkham games, the creators of Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm, and many others. The one name that stuck out from the pack of potential buyers was Microsoft. Microsoft has been on a studio buying frenzy for the past couple of years. They have already bought such studios as Double Fine, Ninja Theory, and Obsidian Entertainment to help make up for their lack of exclusive titles. But it looks like this may not be happening after all.

An email to Warner Bros. staff members from WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar appeared online only a few days ago with some pretty important information. Kilar says in the email that “Warner Bros. Interactive remains part of the Studios and Networks group, along with our Global Brands and Franchises team.” He then goes on to say that they are “all focused on engaging fans with our brands and franchises through games and other interactive experiences.”

Warner Bros. Interactive not being sold to Microsoft

Staying alive

This is the only mention of Warner Bros. Interactive in the email, but it sends a pretty clear message. At least as far as Warner Bros. is concerned, Warner Bros. Interactive isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. However, the email also stated that in order to help Warner Bros. in “simplifying our approach and narrowing our focus” that the company would need to reduce “the size of our teams, our layers, and our overall workforce.”

As of now, we don’t know if the rumor was ever true at all, or if Warner Bros. merely decided to hold off on selling for now. Warner Bros. Interactive will have some big news coming up soon at DC’s Fandome event where WB Montreal will finally reveal their long-rumored Suicide Squad project.

There are also rumors that Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, might be making an appearance in Mortal Kombat 11, joining another DC native, Joker, as a guest character. Either way, we will find out when the DC Fandome event takes place on Saturday, August 22 starting at 1 PM ET, in which it will go on for 24 hours straight.

Kevin Carignan
Kevin is a lifelong gamer and has been a fan of fighting games since he first walked up to a Marvel vs. Capcom cabinet at the tender age of 8 at the local arcade. (Kids ask your parents what an "arcade" is). He may not be very good at them, but that doesn't stop him from enjoying them. He also loves character action games, survival horror, and speaking in the third person. Also covers Digital Card Games (DCCGs), specifically Legends of Runeterra and Teppen.

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