Phil Spencer, the boss of Microsoft Gaming, promises: call of duty will remain available on PlayStation. This makes questions after the takeover of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft.
call of duty will not become an Xbox exclusive
It’s the biasthat Phil Spencer broke the news. He indicates that he has discussed with Sony officials to discuss this subject in particular.
Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3)
“I had good talks this week with Sony executives. I confirmed our intention to honor all existing agreements during the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry and we value our relationship.”.
We can note the use of the mention “existing agreements”, suggesting that certain game licenses could in the future no longer be released on PlayStation to be only available on Xbox and PC. This choice would be quite logical in itself in order to push players to subscribe to Game Pass. This will also happen with some titles. For example, Microsoft acquired Bethesda and the game The Elder Scrolls VI will be an Xbox exclusive, while previous episodes were also available on PlayStation.
PlayStation players reassured, but for how long?
However, the policy seems different with regard to call of duty. It must be said that the FPS franchise is selling extremely well, including on PlayStation. Microsoft knows full well there’s a lot of money to be made by leaving the game on Sony’s consoles. It will be interesting to see if Xbox players will get any perks, like early release or bonuses only available on their consoles.
We still have some time before the Activision-Blizzard takeover for $68.7 billion is complete. Indeed, we have to wait for the green light from the various authorities around the world. The takeover – if validated – should not be completed before June 2023. Nothing will therefore change for more than a year.