Sekiro Shadows Die Twice is now one of the many Activision Blizzard IPs owned by Microsoft and will it arrive on Game Pass? Let’s try to clarify.
The acquisition of Activision Blizzard will allow Microsft Gaming to get hold of numerous IPs and therefore enormously enrich its offer for the Xbox platforms and for the Game Pass . But also the rights of Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice now belong to the Redmond giant? Let’s be clear.
Given that Activision Blizzard is the publisher of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, many are now wondering if it will arrive on the Game Pass or if a possible sequel will be exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms, thus excluding the PlayStation consoles.
In reality, that of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a somewhat particular case. While it is true that publishers often acquire the rights of the IPs they publish, in this specific case, FromSoftware owns the intellectual property .
This means that in order to add the game to the Xbox Game Pass catalog, Microsoft must necessarily get the approval of FromSoftware . Similarly, for a possible sequel, Miyazaki and associates could make agreements with other publishers and publish it on all the platforms they wish.
Different speech if the IP was a property of Activision Blizzard. For example, FromSoftware does not have the same freedom of choice with Bloodborne, since the intellectual property rights in this case belong to Sony, which if desired could even decide to entrust the brand to another development team.
Having said that, a possible entry of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in the Game Pass catalog cannot be excluded a priori, given that in the future Microsoft and FromSoftware could reach an agreement in this regard. However, at the moment it seems an unlikely hypothesis, given that none of the previous games from the Japanese studio have ever made it to the service.