Microsoft has committed to keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation available for “many more years” after the current marketing deal between Sony and Activision ends – assuming that Activision’s acquisition of Blizzard goes ahead.
According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer made the promise in writing to PlayStation President and CEO Jim Ryan earlier this year. Spencer confirmed the commitment in a statement to The Verge: “In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee call of duty On PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years out of the current Sony contract, an offer that goes far beyond typical gaming industry agreements. ,
Spencer has already made a number of public comments to the same general effect, noting the importance of Call of Duty to the PlayStation community, and comparing the game. minecraftWhich Microsoft has made available on PlayStation and other platforms since its acquisition of Mojang in 2014. But this is the first such statement to guarantee the availability of Call of Duty on PlayStation beyond the terms of existing agreements, though it remains unclear.
Microsoft is keen not to paint its acquisition of Activision Blizzard as anti-competitive, as it draws close scrutiny from governments around the world. So this is a leak Spencer and his team would have been quite happy to confirm it.
But, last week responding to concerns from the UK’s competition regulator, Spencer was the first to say that Call of Duty games were coming to the Xbox subscription service, Game Pass. Considering they’re unavailable on rival products like PlayStation Plus — which is likely — it may still be quite different for Microsoft as it explores the concept of a game platform beyond the hardware used to play games in-house. wants to expand.