In a long post that appeared today on the blog of Microsoftthe American company gave some more details on the future of call of Duty following theacquisition of Activision Blizzard King.
The company has published a post today in which it discusses the apps and the future of such software, as well as the possibility of guaranteeing as many users as to take advantage of the services of Xbox. The discussion is surprisingly over Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard IPswhich Microsoft is preparing to acquire for a record amount of nearly $ 70 billion.
The introductory hat of the article is in fact focused on the discussion of the new laws that will regulate the app market, decided by the United States, the European Union and other countries of the world.
The post then focuses on a particular request that has emerged in recent times, especially from the point of view of users on Sony consoles: Will Call of Duty continue to be released on PlayStation?
An important and sensible question, considering that the IPs of Bethesda, including future Starfields and The Elder Scrolls VI, will be exclusive to the Xbox and PC ecosystems. Many thought that Microsoft would have adopted this strategy also for the boundless series of intellectual properties of Activision Blizzard, and instead it seems that the parts of Redmond have decided to opt for a different and surprising decision.
Microsoftwho had already confirmed through Phil Spencer that he wanted to respect the pre-existing agreements between Activision and the Japanese company, has in fact revealed that having entered into an agreement with Sony to allow the continuous use of the Call of Duty franchise also on platforms PlayStation. This means, as you can read from the excerpt of the official blog post, that COD will continue to come out on PS5 (and any future Sony consoles) also following the termination of the current contractual agreementswhich according to rumors will run out in 2023:
To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation for the duration of any existing agreement with Activision. And we’ve made a commitment to Sony to make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future as well, so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love.
Not only Call of Duty 2022 (it will probably be Modern Warfare 2) and the next title will then be released on PlayStation, but fans can rest assured for the future of the series as well.
The decision, it seems, it’s not just about the Call of Duty franchise, but also other IPs that Microsoft is preparing to get hold of such as Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Overwatch, Diablo and many others. The Redmond giant intends to keep its products on PlayStation and other platforms as well, including Nintendo: “We are also interested in taking similar steps to support Nintendo’s successful platform. We believe this is the right thing for the industry, for the players and for our business. “
In some ways, this is a very similar strategy to that chosen by Sony for the recent acquisition of Bungie, which we talked about in a video that you find below. Although the software house will become the property of Sony, in fact, it will be Bungie to decide whether its next titles will be cross-platform or exclusive to PlayStation, thus allowing the possibility of publishing on Xbox systems as well.
Is the console war over? Perhaps it has always been in the minds of social media users, some of whom are very eager to make controversy and flame food. For Microsoft and Sony, however, it seems that all this is the beginning of an important collaboration.
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