Following Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, PlayStation fans were concerned for the future of Call of Duty on the platform. Now, Microsoft confirmed their intentions to keep publishing CoD on PlayStation consoles.
On January 18, Microsoft shocked the gaming world with their purchase of Activision Blizzard for $70 billion.
With the acquisition of all Activision titles, PlayStation fans were worried that the popular first-person shooter, Call of Duty could become Xbox-exclusive with Microsoft at the helm.
However, PlayStation fans everywhere can rejoice as Microsoft announced that Call of Duty is staying on Sony’s console.
Call of Duty staying on PlayStation
Microsoft released a blog post on February 9 detailing their plans for CoD moving forward.
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In the post the company said, “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.”
Microsoft also added more good news for PlayStation owners, “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.”
Although there were tons of speculation about the future of the franchise on PS5 and PS4, it looks like CoD won’t be going anywhere. Back on January 20, head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced Xbox’s intentions to honor existing agreements with CoD and PlayStation.
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.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 20, 2022
Now, the company marked its plans to continue publishing the title on the rival console beyond that original agreement.
Microsoft also confirmed interest in supporting 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 gamers and for our business.”
The next Call of Duty is rumored to be Modern Warfare 2 and is set to release between October and November of 2022. However, Activision mentioned that the Microsoft deal isn’t set to complete until 2023 so we might need to wait and see if there are any exclusives (like GamePass) or bonus rewards for Xbox players going forward.