Since the purchase of Activision Blizzard became known by Microsoft, many have been wondered if games like Call of Duty will become exclusive Xbox. Although it has been mentioned that this is a point that is still to be defined in its entirety, a new communiqué by Microsoft has indicated that The Properties of Activision Blizzard will still remain part of the PlayStation and Nintendo catalog.
In a statement focused on the changes that the Microsoft Store will suffer and its applications, the company spoke about some of the issues that circulate on the acquisition of Activision Blizzard and the points that are being investigated by the United States Government. Here it was mentioned that Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard properties will continue to appear in PlayStation and Nintendo, even after existing contracts . This was what Brad Smith, President and Vice President of Microsoft, was commented:
“We also recognize that regulators may have other important questions while reviewing our acquisition of Blizzard Activision. We are committed to addressing all possible questions, and we want to board publicly from the beginning two of those issues here.
First, some commentators have asked whether we will continue causing the content of Call of Duty from Activision to be available on competitor platforms, such as Sony PlayStation. The obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title available exclusively in the Xbox console, undermining the opportunities for Sony PlayStation users.
To be clear, Microsoft will continue making Call of Duty and other popular Titles of Activision Blizzard are available at PlayStation during the term of any existing agreement with Activision. And we are committed to Sony that we will also make them available to PlayStation beyond the existing agreement, and in the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. We are also interested in taking similar action to support the successful Nintendo platform. We believe that this is the right thing for the industry, for players and for our business. “
Previous Reports indicated that the next three call of Duty were going out on PlayStation consoles. Now, these statements point out that this one shall for more years. However, does not make concrete mention of other franchises , nor is it specified what will happen with the games that Activision Blizzard develops after the acquisition is completed.
On related topics, this is the first teaser of the new Call of Duty. Similarly, up to 11 studies would be working on this title.
From a cynical perspective, one could say that these are statements so that the US government allows the purchase of Blizzard Activision, and once this process ends, things change. However, it is very likely that this is the case with games such as Call of Duty and Overwatch, but Series as Crash Bandicoot will surely be exclusive.