Sunday, August 9, 2020

WB's Gaming Division, With Rocksteady and NetherRealm, May Not Be For Sale

A new statement from WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar could suggest that the Warner Bros. Interactive gaming division, which includes studios like NetherRealm, Avalanche, and Rocksteady, may not be sold, for now. Kilar sent out a WarnerMedia organization update on Friday, August 7, and he gave extensive updates as to the future plans of the company, as well as to who will be leading certain divisions. In the letter, he mentioned that "Warner Bros. Interactive remains part of the Studios and Networks group." Furthermore, speaking to Deadline, Kilar also stated that, "we have a very strong interactive team of about 2,000 software developers that tell interactive stories; the opportunity to go global with that is very, very big as well." [ignvideo url=""] It's important to remember that this could change at any time and this could just be Kilar talking up the gaming division to make it look good to potential suitors, but it could also be taken as WarnerMedia valuing what its gaming division can bring to the company in the future. Warner Bros. Interactive and its fans have a lot to look forward to in the near future, as Rocksteady has begun teasing the big reveal of its Suicide Squad game that will take place at DC FanDome on August 22, 2020. Additionally, there are reports that Warner Bros. Games Montreal's next Batman game will also be shown at DC FanDome, and that it will feature the Court of Owls. WB Games Montreal has also been slowly teasing their new game, but no official announcement has happened as of yet. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-batman-video-game-review&captions=true"] Alongside these new DC games, a Harry Potter RPG is also reportedly in the works. If the sale were to go through, a potential buyer would not own characters like Batman or Harry Potter, but they would be able to negotiate licensing deals so the studio's could continue to develop games based off the beloved IP. Some potential interested parties include Microsoft, EA, Activision, and Take-Two. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.


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