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Microsoft, Sony sign deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for ‘many more years’ beyond current deal

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shared a new statement with Verge has revealed that Microsoft and Sony signed an agreement in January to keep the Call of Duty series on PlayStation hardware for “several more years” after any existing contracts expire. The news follows a statement by the UK government that it may take more time to investigate Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision because the deal would “confront recent and future rivals in multi-game subscription services and cloud gaming”. can damage

In full, Microsoft’s new statement reads: “In January, we provided Sony with a signed agreement to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that is well goes beyond the usual gaming industry conventions.” This means that future Call of Duty titles will not have content exclusive to Microsoft platforms, and will release on Sony machines on the same day and date.

However, the wording is vague enough to suggest that the FPS franchise may one day become exclusive to Microsoft hardware. It is not publicly known how long Sony’s current contract with Activision lasts, and then to continue releasing games on the PlayStation “for several more years” suggests that the contract expires. May be dated. Microsoft has already confirmed that the Call of Duty series – along with Diablo and Overwatch – will be bundled in Game Pass, while PlayStation users will, of course, have to pay full price. Whether that happens once the deal closes remains to be seen.

Microsoft has repeatedly said it won’t pull the Call of Duty series from PlayStation systems, and this agreement — addressed from Xbox boss Phil Spencer to Jim Ryan — essentially sees that promise put in writing. The biggest sticking point of Microsoft’s Activision purchase appears to be the same with the Call of Duty franchise, and with the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater not mentioned, it wouldn’t be a surprise. If they become special.

Sony argues that the Call of Duty series “effect [a] consumers’ console choice” and won’t be able to “compete with it” with a game of its own. “Even in a bad year, players remain loyal to the brand and continue to buy games,” the company argues. This agreement year , but despite the promise of Call of Duty for years to come, Sony clearly still sees the acquisition as a threat.

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