Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been temporarily blocked by a U.S. judge, who ruled that the deal could “substantially lessen competition” in the video game industry. The FTC had sued to stop the deal, arguing that it would give Microsoft too much control over the market for popular games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. Microsoft has vowed to fight the ruling, and the case is likely to go to trial.
Epic Games has released a new tool called MetaHuman Animator that uses an iPhone to capture an actor’s facial performance and apply it to a MetaHuman character in Unreal Engine in minutes. This could save studios money and allow them to experiment more creatively.
Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment is developing two AAA games at the same time: a Star Wars open-world game and an Avatar open-world game.The studio is using its Snowdrop engine and collaborating with other Ubisoft studios to create the games.Thomas Andren, the studio’s managing director, says the team is “in a fantastic position right now.”
Blizzard will charge $15 for the “permanent access” to the cooperative story missions in Overwatch 2. The missions were originally supposed to be part of the base game, but Blizzard decided to make them a standalone purchase. The decision has been met with mixed reactions from fans, with some expressing disappointment and others understanding.