AT&T announced it will leave WarnerMedia earlier today and merge it with Discovery in a $ 43 billion deal that will lead to the creation of a new "independent global entertainment company" that will compete with groups like Netflix and Disney +. According to IGN, the agreement will also affect the video game scene.
Most of IGN's overview focuses on the video aspect of the deal, but AT&T also told the site that part, but not all, of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be sold. . No details were provided on how the company will be divided, but WBIE is the parent company of approximately one company. dozen studies, including NetherRealm, Monolith, Avalanche, Rocksteady, TT Games, Playdemic and WB Games studios in San Diego, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and New York.
Some of these studios and the games they work on — Mortal Kombat, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Batman: Arkham, and Lego, to name a few — will stay with AT&T, and some with the new company. " a representative said Axios journalist Sara Fischer.
It’s impossible to say what kind of effect the change will have on individual games or studies, though I think the biggest in the group, like Mortal Kombat, probably won’t pivot noticeably immediately. A less obvious question is who will gain control of the famous Nemesis system for which Warner filed a patent in 2015 and what they will do with it.
WB Games breaks somehow due to AT&T's WarnerMedia-Discovery merger / sale. "Some of the components of the game will remain with AT&T and some with the new company," the representative told @sarafischer of Axios. No more information. WB Games lists 11 studios, games for all types of IP, devicesMay 17, 2021
The WarnerMedia-Discovery merger obviously goes far beyond the WBIE itself, but the game publisher has recently been at least at another negotiating table: rumors surfaced in July 2020 that AT&T was looking to download WBIE for $ 4 billion, with Microsoft set as a potential buyer. A month later, however, it appears that AT&T changed its mind.
Aside from confirmation that at least some of the WBIE studios will be moving to a new corporate home, no additional information was shared. I have contacted WarnerMedia for more information and will update if I receive a response.