As government supervision proposed by Microsoft $69bn USD acquisition of publisher Activision Blizzard growing – especially in relation to its impact on the PlayStation – Microsoft has expressed a commitment to keeping Call of Duty on the PlayStation platform for “at least a few more years” beyond Sony’s existing marketing contracts.
that according to The Vergewho said the commitment was made in a letter from Xbox boss Phil Spencer to PlayStation chief Jim Ryan earlier this year.
“In January,” Spencer told the publication in a statement, “we provided Sony with a signed agreement to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least a few more years beyond Sony’s current contract, an offer that goes beyond the average gaming industry deal”.
When Microsoft discussed earlier his continued commitment to putting Call of Duty on the PlayStation platform back in February, said it would “make it available … beyond existing agreements and into the future”. Today’s talk of “at least a few more years” adds a bit of specificity to Microsoft’s plans, but ultimately doesn’t mean much without knowing Sony’s existing deal with Activision Blizzard. Equally uncertain is what might happen after that “a few more years” have passed.
One thing we do know, however, is that Microsoft will be putting Call of Duty (and Activision Blizzard’s other big hitters like Overwatch and Diablo) in Game Pass if the acquisition is successful, while also committing to “make the same version of Call of Duty available on PlayStation the same day the game launches elsewhere”. However, exactly how long that commitment will be honored remains to be seen.