With Microsoft shocking the gaming world by announcing that it was acquiring Activision-Blizzard in a blockbuster deal worth $69 billion, most non-Xbox owners were primarily concerned on whether this means the days of Call of Duty games and other Activision-Blizzard published games were coming to an end. While Xbox boss Phil Spencer has expressed desire to keep the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation platforms, there’s no guarantee that we’ll see that once Sony’s existing contract with Activision has ended.
Well, PlayStation (and Nintendo) fans will be glad to know that Microsoft has confirmed that future Call of Duty games, and popular Activision-Blizzard titles will be released on PlayStation and Nintendo consoles! This was confirmed by Microsoft President and Vice Chair Brad Smith in a new blog post.
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.
Well, that settles it then. PlayStation and Nintendo fans have nothing to worry about when it comes to Activision-Blizzard games — at least for Call of Duty, and popular Blizz titles. Of course, Microsoft can also change course at any given time provided no new contract has been signed, so anything could change.