Since we're still probably months out from this deal being closed, I wouldn't be surprised if the GB staff probably also have a lot of questions about what this will mean for them.
Regardless, Red Ventures is a very odd company for this. I live pretty close their HQ and they have something of a "cult" like reputation around here. They're one of those companies that really pushes being a part of their "family" and have this big campus with amenities that encourage their employees to never leave.
Also, just for clarity, in spite of the "Ventures" in the name, Red Ventures is not really a VC company. They're primarily focused on marketing/sales. Their bread and butter are review/comparison sites for finding moves, credit cards, etc. where they can make a commission any time you buy through their site.
Totally with you OP. As a non white person myself, it is very tiring to see another straight white man as the protagonist in a big video game. Also, playing white man in a wild west game us especially jarring, knowing the atrocities that were committed to natives and th history of native American portrayals in wild west movies.
For me, they are on completly different levels in terms of the wonder that the open world provides and the charm of the characters. I stoped playing horizon after a few hours but played hundereds of hours of BOTW. Defo my game of the generation.