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Battlefield publisher EA eyes opportunity if Call of Duty leaves PS5, PS4

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Even if Microsoft’s unprecedented $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes through, Call of Duty is unlikely to leave PlayStation platforms anytime soon. We know Sony has an ongoing contract with the publisher that will be honored, and Xbox has committed to at least three additional years of multiformat support in an effort to appease regulators.

EA bigwig Andrew Wilson isn’t losing too much sleep over the series’ future on PS5 and PS4, though — in fact, he sees a huge opportunity for his company’s own first-person shooter franchise, Battlefield. Although previous installment Battlefield 2042 has a terrible reputation and has failed to retain players, the Australian executive was keen to reiterate that the future of the series will be on PlayStation.

“In a world where there may be questions about the future of Call of Duty and what platforms it may or may not be on, being platform agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield, I think, is a great There is opportunity,” he said. During a fresh Goldman Sachs The incident, reported by Looking for the alpha.

Obviously if Call of Duty stops being released on PlayStation platforms, it will leave a huge audience looking for something else to play. While it’s true that some players will leave Sony’s ecosystem and game elsewhere, others will look for an alternative — and that’s where Wilson believes his company may be able to capitalize.

Of course, before it can even begin to think about occupying the territory of Call of Duty, Battlefield needs to get back on track. Fairly speaking, Wilson admits that the previous two entries into the property have failed to live up to expectations. “I don’t think we have delivered in the last two iterations [Battlefield] The way we should be,” he said of Battlefield 2042 and Battlefield V. He added that his company has “a lot of work” to do to get the series back on track, but now has the right teams. Moving forward Experience the “Incredible Desires” of the Wally series.

To be honest, it will take one as a matter of fact A good Battlefield game to unseat Call of Duty, but it’s true that there will be opportunities for other publishers if the latter leaves the PlayStation. There’s no question that giving up an audience as large as Sony’s will leave room for others – but in its current state, Battlefield has a long way to go before it emerges as a top contender.

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