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Microsoft Gaming CEO declares he wants to retain Call of Duty on PlayStation

With the news of Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard for almost $70 billion, many people interested in the gaming industry have been wondering what will become the fate of games that would be transferred to Microsoft.

One of the biggest games at the moment, Call of Duty, has an uncertain future, with Microsoft buying up its publisher, Activision Blizzard. The game is playable on the major gaming consoles, Xbox and PlayStation. However, as things stand, the game may become exclusive to Microsoft’s gaming hardware.

Now, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, has addressed the issue. Posting on Twitter using his personal account, Spencer wrote, “Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor 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.”

It will appear Call of Duty has a future on the PlayStation, as Spencer has confirmed that existing content will not be withdrawn from anywhere they are currently. However, what is left unaddressed or at least with a wiggle room is whether new releases of Call of Duty will remain cross-platform or not.

Microsoft has made acquisitions of gaming companies before, and it has treated the games differently. For example, the software giant had acquired the Starfield franchise as part of its purchase of Bethesda Softworks. While the existing versions have not been withdrawn from where they are, Microsoft is getting ready to release the latest version as an Xbox exclusive. Spencer himself has also hinted that The Elder Scrolls VI might take the same route, which is understandable because it would help boost its Game Pass offering.

However, other acquisitions have been handled differently. For example, Minecraft, which Microsoft now owns thanks to its acquisition of Mojang Studio, has remained multi-platform. Microsoft has also released a new Minecraft game on several platforms.

Other arguments point to the immense popularity of Call of Duty, and it would make more financial sense for Microsoft to keep it available on multiple platforms than trying to use it to boost Game Pass.

All these mean both sides of the divide on whether Call of Duty will become an exclusive have examples to point to, and we shall have to wait to see what Microsoft plans to do.

However, Sony seems to be confident that Call of Duty will always remain on the PlayStation, saying in a statement to The Wall Street Journal that it expects Activision Blizzard games remain multi-platform. Moreover, in an SEC filing, Activision said, “We will honor all existing commitments post close. As with Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, we have no intent to remove any content from platforms where it exists today.”

Microsoft is still a long way from concluding the purchase, with a timeline that stretches halfway into 2023. It is likely that anti-trust regulators will step in to determine the effect on the gaming industry.

If the acquisition goes through, Call of Duty players on the PlayStation will not have long to wait to know their fate.

Written by HackerVibes

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