5 Activision Blizzard Franchises Microsoft Should Bring Back

The most significant acquisition in the video game industry's history has happened this past week, if you haven't heard already. Microsoft has purchased the mega-publisher Activision Blizzard for a staggering $68.7 billion. 

However, as Activision Blizzard mainly focused on yearly Call of Duty releases and some future Blizzard IPs like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 are coming down the line, there are some IPs Microsoft could bring back to the forefront thanks to the bevy of studios they now own. 

Today, we're going to look at 5 of those franchises that Microsoft could bring back and which developer would fit best for each. 


We'll start the list with the oldest and most classic Activision franchise, Pitfall. Pitfall is one of gaming's oldest franchises dating back to the Atari 2600 in the early 80s. The franchise will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. With the franchise being so old and not having a recent entry in a long time, there's a lot Microsoft could do with it. 


Prototype is an underrated series. The series was developed by Radical Entertainment and saw two entries in 2009 and 2012. The Prototype games were open-world action games where your characters had monster-like powers of shapeshifting, consuming people, and enhanced abilities thanks to the Blacklight Virus. 

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

The Tony Hawk Pro Skater series has had its ups and downs over the years. Skateboarding and the franchise aren't as big as they were during the late 90s, but that didn't stop the series' recent remake of the first two games from doing well both critically and commercially.