Microsoft promises to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation ‘beyond existing deal’

Players with a PlayStation, rest assured: the next call of duty will be released on Sony consoles. Microsoft made the announcement today, also referring to other Activision Blizzard games. As a reminder, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for 68.7 billion dollars.

Microsoft promises to keep Call of Duty on PlaySation "beyond the existing agreement"

call of duty will remain available on PlayStation

Microsoft knows full well that such a massive takeover will come under intense scrutiny from regulators around the world. The group therefore proposes today some elements to ensure that the takeover will be, according to him, positive for the industry (and for him of course).

Some have asked if we will continue to make popular content like Activision’s Call of Duty available on competing platforms like Sony’s PlayStation. The obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title available exclusively on Xbox, undermining opportunities for Sony PlayStation users.

To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation for the duration of the existing agreement with Activision. And we’ve made a commitment to Sony to also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and in the future, so Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. We also want to take similar steps to support Nintendo’s hit console. We believe this is the right thing to do for the industry, for the players and for our business.

As said before, Microsoft knows full well that regulators will be looking closely at the Activision Blizzard takeover. This is a way to reassure them today, to prove that Microsoft is not going to adopt a monopoly policy. But will this be enough to validate the buyout? Only the future will tell us. Microsoft expects the takeover to be completed by June 2023.

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