The recent news
of the birth of Activision Blizzard, a merger between Activision and Vivendi Games, has sent a number of forum goers into a panic concerning the status of their beloved games from the two companies. Particularly on the World of Warcraft
forums, many are concerned that Activision will litter their pristine fantasy world with in-game advertisements for Axe Body Spray and Red Bull.
Fear not, citizens of Azeroth, you won't be looting Happy Meals off of trash mobs any time soon, according to a post from Blizzard on the WoW forums. According to big blue -- "there will be no changes in the way Blizzard operates." They report that there will be no changes to their games, their logo, their staff, their offices, their development teams, their annual company-wide potato sack race -- nothing. However, they do give a clearer image as to how they fit into the merger -- Blizzard Entertainment will now officially operate as a division of Activision Blizzard.
We hope to learn the main goals of the merger during tomorrow morning's investor conference call, but it would be wise of Activision to follow Blizzard's lead in this matter, and ensure the fans of their franchises that the games they have come to know and love will not be negatively affected by the new parent company. So help us God, if they do anything to jeopardize Cabela's Deer Hunt: 2008 Season, well... we just don't know what we'd do.