Microsoft wants to prove its good faith to Europe by formalizing a concession already offered to Sony for Call of Duty.
Tensions mount between Sony and Microsoft as the deadline for investigations into the Activision Blizzard takeover approaches. While the case is still under the vote of the European Union, it seems that Microsoft is ready to make certain concessions so that the transaction is validated and can finally be effective. Players are no longer unaware now that the main problem is with the franchise call of duty.
Far too important for the ecosystem of Sony and its PlayStation consoles, the license still has a chance of becoming an Xbox exclusive in a few years. After many speeches and reassuring words, Microsoft wants to reassure Sony in an official and lasting way. Reuters indeed declares that the firm says it is open to compromises and could sign a contract in order to to secure call of duty on PlayStation for 10 years.
Up to PS7
The media relays this news from sources close to the file. A similar agreement had already been mentioned by Microsoft, but Sony had not shown any positive signs to this request. The company has always expressed its doubts and reluctance even when Microsoft said that call of duty would stay on PlayStation for as long as there are consoles to play on.
Reuters also reports that a Microsoft spokesperson said: “Sony, as an industry leader, is worried about Call of Duty, but we said we’re committed to making the same game available the same day on Xbox and PlayStation. We want people to have more access to games, not less.”
As a reminder, there are only two markets for the moment that have passed the validation stage for this historic buyout. The case is the subject of an in-depth investigation in Europe, but also in the United Kingdom and the United States, so nothing is yet decided for Microsoft which is still ready to pay 70 billion dollars for its offer Activision Blizzard franchises and workforce. The studio is more than in favor of this acquisition and says it is ready to defend Microsoft against its detractors.