AT&T, you may recall, put Warner Bros Games up for sale as it attempts to clear some long-standing debt. The organisation then put out a memo suggesting that studios like Rocksteady and NetherRealm were no longer up for sale, before online speculation suggested that the developers were in fact still available for $4 billion.
Now a Bloomberg report citing unnamed sources says that the juggernaut’s gaming division will be staying put, as it considers the asset far too valuable to part with. Electronic Arts, Take Two, Activision, and, worryingly, Microsoft had all expressed interest in purchasing the business, but it never seemed like a particularly viable acquisition given that most of the studios are working with Warner Bros intellectual property.
As such, any potential suitors would not only have to stump up significant money to purchase the division, but would also have to pay royalties back to AT&T in order to continue using their licenses. Upcoming titles from Warner Bros Games include Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights, and an unannounced Harry Potter RPG.
Of course, the upside to this news is that there’ll be no disruption to the division, and it can get back to making great games for multiple platforms. Obviously an Xbox acquisition, as was touted at one time, would have potentially iced out PS5 releases for the abovementioned titles – and that’s not an outcome any of us want, is it?