“We’re not taking Call of Duty to PlayStationis the message from Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, this week. Phil Spencer recently discussed the future of Call of Duty should the Activision acquisition go through, and he made his clearest comments yet in a new podcast interview with YouTubers Justine and Jenna Ezarik.
“As long as there is a PlayStation, we intend to continue distributing Call of Duty on PlayStationsays Spencer on the Same Brain podcast. “Similar to what we’ve done with Minecraft, since we’ve owned it, we’ve expanded the places people can play Minecraft. We haven’t reduced locations, and that’s been good for the Minecraft community in my opinion, and I want to do the same when we think about where Call of Duty can go“.
While there has been a public back and forth over the future of Call of Duty between Sony and Microsoft, Spencer compared Call of Duty to Minecraft twice recently. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s tech conference last week, Spencer also hinted at plans to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch to treat the franchise like Minecraft and keep it on rival platforms.
“Call of Duty will be specifically available on PlayStationsaid Spencer. “I would love to see it on the Switch, I would love to see the game playable on many different screens. Our intention is to treat Call of Duty like Minecraft“.
A business imperative
Call of Duty fans have been debating whether Microsoft will make the game Xbox-exclusive ever since news of Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision broke earlier this year. Spencer was quick to publicly state that Microsoft had “a desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation,” but a written commitment to Sony wasn’t enough to stave off concerns from the PlayStation maker.
Microsoft also claims that keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation is a “business imperative for Xbox business and transaction economicsin documents filed with the UK Competition Authority. Microsoft Says It Would Jeopardize Revenue If It Removed Call of Duty From PlayStation and “Microsoft has made it clear that it relies on revenue from the distribution of Activision Blizzard games on Sony PlayStation“.