Since Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, we have talked at length about all the possible consequences that this agreement could have on the video game industry in the long term.
But perhaps what most worried users was the issue of exclusivities: would Call of Duty become exclusive to Xbox, leaving it on PlayStation? The loss of Call of Duty could have devastating consequences for Sony.
After some somewhat ambiguous answers, Microsoft has just confirmed, already with very little room for doubt, that Activision games are going to continue to appear on PlayStation and Nintendo.
Microsoft is committed to respecting the current agreements that Sony may have with Activision, but they are also committed to continuing to offer their games beyond, “so that fans Sony can continue to enjoy games,” and adding Nintendo to the equation.
This excerpt comes from a post on the Microsoft website (not Xbox), concerning new principles for its Microsoft Store, to recognize “Microsoft’s growing role and responsibility” in overcoming necessary regulations in Activision Blizzard’s purchasing process.
“We understand that regulators may have other important concerns when reviewing our acquisition. Activision Blizzard isition“, raising the issue of whether Activision Blizzard properties would become Xbox exclusive.
“The most obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title exclusive to the Xbox console, diminishing the opportunities for Sony PlayStation users“.
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Let’s go into the matter: “To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles continue to be available on PlayStation under the terms of any existing agreement with Activision.”
And now comes the important part: “And we have committed to Sony that they will also be available on PlayStation beyond the current agreements and into the future , so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy their favorite games.”
“We are also interested in taking Similar steps to support Nintendo’s successful platform. We think it’s the right thing to do for the industry, for gamers, and for our business.”
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Shortly after news of the Activision Blizzard purchase broke, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, said his interest “wasn’t to keep PlayStation gamers away from Call of Duty.”
When last week Sony bought Bungie, creators of Destiny, said and stressed that the studio’s games would remain cross-platform and would come out on Xbox and PC in addition to PlayStation.
Similar doubts arose when Microsoft bought Bethesda , and Phil Spencer was more cautious, saying that his intention was not to deprive Nintendo and PlayStation of Bethesda games, although there was never a clear statement like this from Microsoft about Activision or the one from Sony and Bungie In the past week.
The result is that Starfield, the new thing from the creators of Skyrim will be exclusive to Xbox Game Pass, and never expected on a PlayStation console.