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Xbox Reportedly Interested In Buying Batman, Harry Potter Company WB. Interactive

Xbox Reportedly Interested In Buying Batman, Harry Potter Company WB. Interactive

Microsoft is reportedly interested in purchasing Warner Bros. Interactive, the gaming arm of Warner Bros. responsible for franchises like Batman, LEGO, Mortal Kombat, The Lord Of The Rings, and Harry Potter. This comes just weeks after the rumours that WB parent company AT&T is was looking to sell Interactive for "about $4 billion" in a move to reduce its $165 billion (£131bn) debts.

The Information claims that Microsoft is currently one of the front-runners to purchase the company, although Activision, EA, and Take-Two have also been mentioned. It's likely that whoever makes the purchase will also end up with WB-owned studios like Avalanche Software, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, and TT Games.

That's not a bad lineup to have in your back pocket at all.

Batman: Arkham Knight / Credit: Rocksteady Studios, WB Interactive Entertainment
Batman: Arkham Knight / Credit: Rocksteady Studios, WB Interactive Entertainment
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One important caveat is that whichever company purchases WB Interactive does not suddenly control the rights to massive franchises like Batman and Harry Potter. While the successful buyer would own studios that have made games on these licensed properties in the past, Warner Bros. would still retain the rights to such franchises, and the buyer would have to negotiate a licensing deal.

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However, it's understood that certain properties - such as Mortal Kombat - would be included in the sale. Does this mean that Mortal Kombat would become an Xbox Series X exclusive franchise next gen? It's unlikely, but we'll have to wait and see. It's certainly no secret that the Xbox One has been seriously lacking in exclusives, so let's hope that can change for Series X.

Microsoft already spent the last few years exclusively acquiring a number of talented studios, suggesting it means business as we head into next-gen territory. Playground Games, Obsidian, Double Fine, and Ninja Theory are just are few of the major players now under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella. Adding juggernauts like NetherRealm and Rocksteady to that list would be quite the play.

The Xbox Series X / Credit: Microsoft
The Xbox Series X / Credit: Microsoft
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This news comes as we inch ever closer to the reveals of both the next-gen Batman and Harry Potter games. A report published back in May suggested that Warner Bros. had originally been planning a massive E3 2020 press conference where it would unveil not only Batman, but the long-rumoured open-world Harry Potter game, too.

The long-rumoured Batman game from Warner Bros. Montreal is finally set to be unveiled during the DC FanDome event in August. Meanwhile, a substantial Harry Potter leak earlier this month suggested that the open-world RPG would be unveiled soon afterwards.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros/Microsoft

Topics: Harry Potter, Xbox, Warner Bros, Mortal Kombat, Microsoft, Batman

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.