A big fear from Sony after Activision Blizzard was acquired by Microsoft is that Call of Duty will eventually become an exclusive. Microsoft, on the other hand, has repeatedly indicated that it will honor the current agreements and that it also has no intention of making the franchise exclusive to the Xbox.
To add to that, Phil Spencer has even sent a letter to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, writes The Verge. That letter states that Call of Duty will not just disappear from the PlayStation and that the franchise will certainly be released on the PlayStation for a number of years – after the current marketing deal.
“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 beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements.”
Exactly how many years is not stated, but according to an earlier report from Bloomberg this year, the deal between PlayStation and Activision Blizzard is still valid until 2024. And with a number of years, the calculation has quickly been made that PlayStation gamers will not be able to remember until at least 2026/2027. need to worry.
Should Microsoft then decide to make the franchise exclusive to the Xbox, which potentially coincides with new consoles, the British watchdog’s concerns are justified again. In any case, little or nothing will change in the coming years. However, Call of Duty games will come to Game Pass, Microsoft recently announced.