The next bunch of titles from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment appear to be all about that live service model.
Over on the careers page for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which oversees WBIE, is an advert for games production MBA intern to join the production department. One part of the job ad says this:
“WBIE is currently involved in a variety of new projects, ranging from casual games to core games featuring our well-known franchises on all platforms (console, digital, mobile) with a heavy focus on live service.”
While this doesn’t mean that Warner is looking to make a bunch of games that are in competition with Destiny 2 and the like, it does open the way to loads of updates, recurring events new content and all sorts of ways to nickel and dime us with microtransactions.
This feels like confirmation that Warner will continue on the same trajectory as we saw for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, where you could get orcs in loot boxes.
The next few games on the horizon include Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights and Back 4 Blood, which are all published by WBIE. Hopefully, not all games will end up with the live service model, like LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. There are also studios that we don’t know what they are doing, but NetherRealm and Monolith have shown they enjoy the microtransactions already.