Will be Call of Duty to stay on PlayStation consoles now that Microsoft has announced plans to buy ActivisionBlizzarD? In a new tweet addressing gamers’ concerns about the game becoming Xbox exclusive, Phil Spencer basically said “don’t worry, CoD isn’t going anywhere.”
Following an official statement released by Sony yesterday (January 20, 2022) in which the PlayStation platform holder said it expects Microsoft to honor existing “contractual agreements” with PlayStation, Phil Spencer tweeted his assurance that Microsoft “values [its] relationship” with Sony and that it is “[the company’s] desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation”.
“I’ve had some good calls this week with Sony executives,” Spencer wrote in a Tweeter. “I have confirmed our intention to honor all existing agreements upon the 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.”
The wording here is interesting; Spencer doesn’t commit to specific games, or even timelines. We could see Warzone staying on the platform – Microsoft has previously said it doesn’t want to break up pre-existing communities – and new Call of Duty games could be Xbox exclusives.
Microsoft, of course, honored pre-existing contractual agreements before: when Xbox announced the acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax, in 2020, Arkane’s Deathloop and Tango Gameworks: Tokyo’s Ghostwire were confirmed to still be PS5 exclusives. It should be noted that shortly after Microsoft announced that the highly anticipated sci-fi RPG, Starfield, would be an Xbox exclusive.
This news comes as “high-level employees” at Activision reportedly discussed scrapping Call of Duty’s current annual release schedule (thanks, Bloomberg). If that were to happen, it would buck a trend that’s been in place since 2005. But with more games on the way to service now and shooters, in particular, working well with seasonal content models, it maybe it’s time to give the old CoD formula a bit of a refresh?
Now that the IP is owned by Microsoft, there’s certainly no better time to start experimenting, right?
We’ve posted a list of dream games we’d love to see come from the Xbox/Activision Blizzard acquisition, and if you still have any burning questions about how this is all going to play out, you can check out our list of questions about the acquisition to which we have endeavored to respond.