Candy Crush Saga maker, King Digital Entertainment, is to be taken over by mega-publisher Activision Blizzard. In a press release put out today, both parties confirmed the acquisition which will be completed sometime next year, though it’s expected to be finalised by Spring 2016.
What does this mean for gamers? We’re not entirely sure, but it’s a bold move by Activision, and the fact they’re dropping $5.9 billion dollars into the purchase shows that Activision really wants to get into the mobile market. It makes sense, then, that Activision would take over King; King Digital Entertainment runs the top-grossing mobile game in North America, Candy Crush Saga, so it knows what it takes to make a hit mobile game. What can we expect to come from the takeover? Probably more mobile games based around Activision-owned properties.
All we have to say is this: Please, don’t lower Call of Duty to a match-three style game, and more importantly, don’t dare bring Crash Bandicoot back in the form of an endless runner. People will riot.