Warner Bros. to keep major franchises and core studios following merger

Games from Warner Bros. "storied franchises" will remain with the company

Warner Bros. will still be making games from “storied franchises” following the recent sale of Playdemic.

After selling Golf Clash developer Playdemic to EA, Warner Bros. Games division will still be making games from some of the company’s core franchises. This comes after WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery, Inc.

Via Stephen Totilo on Twitter, Warner Bros. said in a press release: “While we have great respect for the Playdemic team, our decision to divest is a part of our overall strategy to build games based on Warner Bros. storied franchises.”

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“The remaining Warner Bros. Games portfolio is included in the recently announced WarnerMedia-Discovery transaction and will become part of the combined media and entertainment company after the expected close of that transaction.”

Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight. Credit: Rocksteady Studios

The main development studios of Netherrealm and Rocksteady, responsible for Mortal Kombat and the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, respectively, will be kept as part of the new brand.

In mid-2020, it had been rumoured that AT&T would sell Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in a sale of around $4billion. However, according to this press release, the Warner Bros. Games division was instead kept intact as part of the Discovery, Inc. and Warner Bros. merger.

According to some new leaks, the developer of Gotham Knights, Warner Bros. Montréal, could also be working on a new Superman game. Although James Sigfield noted this on his Twitter, Sigfield also correctly stated that Rocksteady was working on a Suicide Squad game before the reveal at DC Fandome.

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In other news, Sea of Thieves has topped the Steam sales after the announcement of the new Season 3 update ‘A Pirate’s Life’. The update features characters and lore from the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and was released on July 22.

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