In recent years, publishers’ approach to distributing their games has changed a lot. Large companies are increasingly introducing live services into titles in order to retain their audience for as long as possible. It looks like WB Games will be no exception.
According to the description of one of the positions on the official website, the main focus in future games of the company will be concentrated on active service support. This applies to both casual and small projects, as well as large AAA releases.
WB Games has been moving in this direction for a long time. For example, elements of game-services are in Mortal Kombat 11. They will also be in Gotham Knights, which is not a game-service, but borrowed some features: hero selection, base mechanics and raid bosses.
At the moment, different studios are working within the company: Turtle Rock is working on Back 4 Blood, Rocksteady will have Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League, and WB Games itself is developing Hogwarts Legacy. None of these games were advertised as a service game.
Probably, in the future, the company will get closer to this distribution model, which is already practiced by Ubisoft and Square Enix tried with its Marvel’s Avengers and EA, which released Athem.