After the announcement of the acquisition of Activision-Bungie, naturally the elephant in the room was “Will Call of Duty still remain on PlayStation?”
As always, narratives were run with, but as we discussed on Bitcast 187 extensively, business perspectives can be different from public perception. Today, Microsoft and Xbox definitively stated that Call of Duty, and other “AB titles”, will remain on PlayStation even once existing agreements expire.
First, some commentators have asked whether we will continue to make popular content like Activision’s Call of Duty available on competing platforms like Sony’s PlayStation. The obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title available exclusively on the Xbox console, undermining opportunities for Sony PlayStation users.
To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision. And we have committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. 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 gamers and for our business.
This is what we expected, and what we discussed previously. It makes sense from a regulatory perspective as stated, but also makes strong business sense. We’re happy that some of the biggest franchises in gaming will continue to be enjoyed no matter where you choose to play them. That’s what gaming is all about!