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AT&T reportedly won't be selling Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment gaming division and NetherRealm Studios... yet

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 8, 2020 at 4:47 p.m. PDT • Comments: 14

Back in June, it was reported that AT&T was interested in selling the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment gaming division. Notably, this would've been possible thanks to the AT&T and Time Warner multi-billion dollar merger deal that occurred back in 2018.

Being that NetherRealm Studios was owned by Warner Bros., they would supposedly be part of this deal. Needless to say, companies like Microsoft, Activision-Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two were rumored to be interested in making the estimated $2 billion to $4 billion purchase. The Mortal Kombat and Injustice series would obviously be impacted by such a deal if it were to go through.

If companies like NetherRealm Studios were to be purchased by Microsoft, then it'd potentially mean that future Mortal Kombat and Injustice titles would be exclusive to the Xbox consoles and the PC. This would probably mean no more releases for PlayStation and Nintendo consoles.

According to Deadline, there are no longer plans to enact such a deal at this time. However, there's always that possibility these plans could change later on.

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar outlined a plan that explicitly declares that the Warner Bros. gaming division will continue to remain part of AT&T, WarnerMedia's parent company.

"Warner Bros. Interactive remains part of the Studios and Networks group," said Kilar. "We have a very strong interactive team of about 2,000 software developers that tell interactive stories; the opportunity to go global with that is very, very big as well."

We'll just have to wait and see if this ends up changing in the future. For now, it appears that NetherRealm Studios and the rest of the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment gaming division will be staying with WarnerMedia.

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