Xbox Boss Reveals "Desire to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation"

Xbox Boss Reveals "Desire to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation"

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Matt Lorrigan

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has shed some light on Microsoft's plans for Call of Duty following this week's bombshell Activision Blizzard acquisition.

“Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony,” said Xbox boss Spencer on Twitter. “I confirmed our intent to honour all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.”

Sony put out a statement earlier this week to The Wall Street Journal, saying that it expected Microsoft to “abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform”. However, this specific wording appeared to apply only to existing games like Call of Duty: Warzone, as well as any future games with existing contracts in place. Phil's new comments appear to suggest that Call of Duty could continue to launch on PlayStation beyond that.

A report this week from Bloomberg also suggested that PlayStation could continue to get “some” Activision titles following the merger, according to a source familiar with the company's thinking. However, we're still in the very early days of this acquisition, and plenty could change in the coming years.

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  • Because they'd do the same if situations were reversed...
  • @Zenka, That's what I find amusing... Sony in the past, had no issues snubbing Xbox with acquiring exclusive features, such as holding exclusive access to Spec Ops for a year, which was essentially the life cycle of a CoD game, or not allowing Spiderman to be playable in a multiplatform game. Yet, now that Sony could possibly be on the receiving end, now Sony suddenly has something to say about exclusivity. Microsoft should honor all existing contracts, and they likely will do that. However, upon completion of those contracts, Microsoft then doesn't owe Sony a single damn thing.

    But then again, Microsoft does look like the "bigger person" if they so choose to never go exclusive after honoring all contracts. However, it's also hard to believe one would spend nearly 70 billion dollars to acquire an entity, and then give access of said acquired entity to the competition.
  • Yeah keep it on there until the deal is completed and didn't say they will keepbevery call of duty game on there. I dare say they will keep war zone there but the other releases maybe just Xbox and PC only after the deal is completed next year which means most like the year after 2024 we will start seeing some changes to what is seen on Playstation
  • Read between the lines people, Warzone will stay, but once Sony's contract runs out all CoD's will then skip Playstation.

    You don't spend 70 million to allow your competitor keep the games and collect a fee from each sale, that's plain stupidity.

    MS is trying to be diplomatic until the sale goes through like they did with the Bethesda deal, and we all know what happened then, expect the same here.
  • I meant billion, can't you guys add an edit feature, i mean how hard/costly can it be?
  • I'm wondering why Phil isn't negotiating (read: demanding) with Sony to have Uncharted, God Of War, and Spider-Man on XBox.
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