With the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, Call of Duty could quickly disappear from the PlayStation.
Since the announcement of the takeover of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft at the beginning of the year, the video game market has been suspended from the decisions of the computer giant. It must be said that despite the many internal controversies that shake the development studio, the latter remains at the head of many cult games, especially on PlayStation. Logically, this takeover raises questions: now that Microsoft has control of the titles imagined by Activision-Blizzard, should we expect to see call of duty and Crash Bandicoot vanish Sony machines to become Xbox exclusives?
Microsoft wants to be reassuring, but not definitive
At the time of the acquisition of the group of studios, Microsoft had not hesitated to brush the players in the direction of the hair. Despite the takeover, the company would have provided Sony “a signed agreement guaranteeing the release of Call of Duty games on PlayStation, for at least several years after the end of the current contract“. The offer was presented as generous and for good reason: it officially guaranteed that certain Activision-Blizzard titles would continue to be released on PlayStation 4 and 5.
Good news therefore, but which does not satisfy Jim Ryan, the president of the PlayStation brand. In an interview with Games Industrythe businessman indicates that the agreement reached between Sony and Microsoft would be “inadequate in many ways“. Firstly, because it only guarantees a three-year reprieve from call of duty before a possible migration to Xbox exclusivity: “After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal is inadequate, and does not take into account the impact on our players. We want to ensure PlayStation players continue to experience the highest quality Call of Duty, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines that principle.“.
Three years is a very short time to say goodbye to a cult license that made the great hours of the PlayStation. However, after a takeover estimated at $68.7 billion, it seems logical that Microsoft wants to make its investment profitable by making flagship titles from Activision-Blizzard exclusives on PC and Xbox. It remains to be seen what impact this decision will have on PlayStation gamers in the long run.