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The Competition and Markets Authority shot down Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard in the UK yesterday, and in its lengthy report, it also commented again about the potential for Call of Duty on Switch.

Nintendo and Xbox currently have a ten-year agreement to have the franchise on the Big N’s platforms – assuming the deal eventually goes through. However, once again, the CMA is casting doubt on what will be possible in the end.

Overwatch 2 no loot boxes roadmap Season One and Two

Overwatch 2 received an October 4 release date a few days ago, and Blizzard has now followed up with a bunch of additional information about the shooter. The company has passed along details regarding its free-to-play nature, the fact that there won’t be loot boxes, the roadmap, and Season One and Two.

Here’s the full rundown:

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Vicarious Visions is now officially a part of Blizzard, the developer has announced. Despite this, the team will remain in Albany, NY where it’s always been.

Vicarious Visions shared on Twitter:

This week on Nintendo Everything Podcast, special guest Barry (Goodman?) is back to chat with Oni Dino and Galen in this extra-long, bonus episode! Nintendo Switch is at 62 million units sold, but will they keep the momentum with the PS5 and Xbox Series X coming soon? What will happen to third-party support moving forward and how should Nintendo prepare for it? In the Adventure Log, Barry elaborates on the appeal of the Legend of Heroes series and the Trails of Cold Steel sub-series and why the third entry is a good jumping-in point, and Galen tries out shell-swapping his Switch Pro Controller. In the news, Pikmin 3 Deluxe was announced, bringing up the topic of full-priced Wii U ports; Blizzard employees rally for fair pay and better working conditions; and Aeon Must Die has serious allegations against it from the original devs.

It’s a big episode—check out links and timestamps below and come hang out.

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Hello, my pop stars and mirages! This week on NEP, it’s nonstop controversy. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is going to be censored in all regions, including Japan. What does that mean? What really happened? There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so let us break it down for you. Same thing with Activision-Blizzard recently. Overwatch came out on the Switch this past week—did you notice? We do our best to inform you on what’s going on. And we lighten things up with some heavy, chonky Pokemon announcements. Longcat Meowth is a good boy. Plus, our ideal Pokemon catching tutorial stories. We tidy things up with a chat about Xenoblade Definitive Edition thanks to our lovely listener mail.

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Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Western Switch owners will get to play Diablo III on Nintendo Switch quite soon when the Eternal Collection launches on November 2. However, Japanese fans will have to wait a bit longer – Famitsu revealed today that the game will launch in Japan on December 27. Naturally, it will feature all the same content that’s in the Western version, including the Ganondorf costume.


Activision Blizzard’s popular Toys-to-Life game has reached millions of people across the globe and sold even more figures at that across multiple platforms, and now Skylanders is expanding even further with its own animated series which is currently in development. The name of the Skylanders TV show is Skylanders Academy, starring some big names such as Justin Long, Jonathan Banks, Norm Macdonald, and Ashley Tisdale.

Activision Blizzard announced today that through their new TV and film studios, aptly named Activision Blizzard Studios, they’ll be producing the series for Skylanders Academy as well as other TV shows and films based off of their IP, such as Call of Duty.

CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick, had this to say about the new studio and future development:

“Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, across any medium. With the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television”

“Activision Blizzard Studios is yet another way we’re celebrating our players and fans, and we expect that our film and television productions will entertain and delight whole new audiences, as well.”


It looks like Activision Blizzard Studios is planning to take on TV and film in a big way. Are you looking forward to the upcoming Skylanders TV show? Let us know your thoughts below!



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