Microsoft is inviting Sony to sign an agreement that will see the Call of Duty series appear on PlayStation platforms for 10 years. Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed this morning that Nintendo has already agreed to the deal, which takes effect after Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision. It now wants to extend this offer to Sony as well. The firm has also committed to keeping Call of Duty on Xbox as well as Steam.
In a new Post on TwitterPhil Spencer said: “Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo following the merger of King. Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – although they choose to play.” He then confirmed Microsoft’s decision to keep Call of Duty on Steam for PC players.
In a separate tweet, Microsoft vice-chair and president Brad Smith talked about bringing Call of Duty to more players and platforms through the purchase of Activision. “It’s good for competition and good for consumers.” He goes on to say that “any day Sony wants to sit down and talk, we’d be happy to do a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well”.
It’s unclear if the deal means Nintendo platforms will receive mainline Call of Duty entries day-and-date alongside the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S platforms due to the Nintendo Switch’s less powerful specs, but it’s still a big deal for the franchise. step is For the Big N. The last installment to be released on Nintendo consoles was Call of Duty: Black Ops for Wii and DS.
In a statement to KotakuGabe Newell explained: “We’re pleased that Microsoft wants to continue using Steam to reach customers with Call of Duty once their Activision acquisition closes. Microsoft has been on Steam for a long time and we see it as a Take that as a sign that they’re happy. With the reception of gamers and the work we’re doing.”
Sony has strongly fought against Microsoft’s intended acquisition of Activision, claiming that its proposed deal is “inadequate” and that the purchase would have “major negative implications for gamers and the future of the gaming industry”. The latest report suggests that the FTC may file an antitrust lawsuit against the acquisition, as claimed by Politico.
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