During a financial call to investors last week, licence holder Warner Brothers confirmed that there’d be a new Batman game bearing the “Arkham” mantle coming later this year. While that may sound like good news, don’t get excited just yet.
Vivendi, the company that owns the majority stake in Activision-Blizzard is in a bit of a financial pickle. A bit? more like a lot of pickle - as it’s currently sitting with nearly 16 Billion US dollars of debt. Running a game development and publishing house - despite it being the one responsible for the world’s biggest selling video game - only adds to the struggle, with the video game industry posting overall year-on-year sales decreases. It makes sense that Vivendi - largely a TV and music publishing business - would want to pawn the video game business off. But who’ll buy it?