Microsoft pledges to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation as long as PlayStation exists

Phil Spencer has promised to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

Microsoft pledges to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation as long as PlayStation exists

Xbox has no plans to make Call of Duty Xbox exclusive

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has delivered his broadest promise yet regarding the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation. Call of Duty will keep shipping on PlayStation "as long as there's a PlayStation out there to ship to".

For those who are unaware, Microsoft is trying to acquire Activision Blizzard, and their deal with the company is facing immense scrutiny. Simply put, the merger of Xbox and Activision Blizzard is massive, with the deal costing Microsoft $68 billion, and regulators are concerned that the deal would give Microsoft an unfair advantage over its rivals. In response, Microsoft has repeatedly claimed that Call of Duty games would continue releasing on PlayStation for the foreseeable future. Now, Microsoft has upped these claims.

Today, Microsoft's plans for Call of Duty are simple. They want Call of Duty to be like Minecraft, a Microsoft owned franchise that is not exclusive to Microsoft platforms. As much benefit as having Call of Duty exclusivity would give Microsoft, making the franchise Xbox exclusive would immediately make the franchise less valuable, as the series would lose a huge section of its playerbase. Microsoft has financial reasons to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation if they acquire Activision Blizzard, as they need to earn back the billions that they are spending to acquire the company.

below is what Phil Spencer had to say about Call of Duty on the Same Brain YouTube channel, where he pledged to bring Call of Duty to PlayStation so long as there is a PlayStation to ship to.

    We're not taking Call of Duty from PlayStation... That's not our intent. Our intent is not to do that and as long as there's a PlayStation out there to ship to, our intent is that we'll continue to ship Call of Duty on PlayStation - similar to what we've done with Minecraft since we owned that.

"We've expanded the places where people can play Minecraft, we haven't reduced the places. And it's been good, it's been good for the Minecraft community - in my opinion - and we want to do the same when we think where Call of Duty can go over the years.

Microsoft pledges to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation as long as PlayStation exists

Microsoft's deal to acquire Activision Blizzard is facing immense regulatory scrutiny, as it has the potential to change the entire gaming market. Activision Blizzard owns King, a major mobile games company, a factor that makes Microsoft's deal hugely relevant to the PC, console, and mobile gaming markets. 

With Xbox's major focus being the company's Game Pass service, acquiring Activision Blizzard would greatly expand the content that will be available as part of Microsoft's gaming subscription. Even if Microsoft continues to release Call of Duty on PlayStation, they could release Call of Duty on Xbox through Game Pass, adding a lot of value to their service while giving gamers a big reason to buy and Xbox and invest in a Game Pass subscription. 

Microsoft's deal to acquire Activision Blizzard is not expected to be concluded until at least mid-2023. 

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01-11-2022, 07:40:04

Peace
Tzzzz, bring CoD to Gamepass and I'd play it again.



Also, Sony crying about exclusivity while literally being in a "platform 2 win" situation is such a show of double morale...Quote
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