Although Microsoft immediately confirmed after the acquisition of Activision Blizzard that the Call of Duty franchise would continue to be present on PlayStation, the president of the American group continues to hammer this message to the public. Phil Spencer has once again maintained Microsoft’s desire to keep the franchise on Sony’s console. Better, at the microphone of Same Brain (source in English), the President of Microsoft Gaming assured that he wanted to offer Call of Duty on the consoles of his competitor in the distant future.
Call of Duty won’t be an Xbox exclusive
The CEO of Microsoft Gaming has indeed claimed that Microsoft’s goal was not to divide the franchise’s player base. Thus, the idea is to be able to offer future Call of Duty games on the PlayStation 5 but also on future media from the Sony group.
The message is clear but Phil Spence likes to confirm this intention since many fans but also government administrations are afraid that the takeover of the ATVI group by Microsoft could give too much power to the American giant. The fear lies in the power to withdraw from the catalog of the PlayStation, many games from studios owned by Microsoft.
Thus, Call of Duty is at the heart of this debate (see our analysis of the impact of Microsoft’s offer on Activision Blizzard) since it is one of the best-selling games each year around the world. Its withdrawal from the PlayStation could impact sales of Sony’s console and future models.
Call of Duty soon in the Game Pass?
If future CODs will be well distributed on the Sony console, Microsoft could nevertheless gain a certain advantage from owning the Activision studio: the possibility of offering future Call of Duty titles on the Game Pass as soon as the game is released.
This possibility was not mentioned directly by Phil Spence but it is one of the hot spots of the license currently. Such a possibility could push quite a few COD players to switch to the Xbox Series and its Game Pass in order to save the purchase price of the game.
Note that Microsoft wants to slow down the rate of release of Call of Duty games, with an opus published every two years rather than following an annual rate.
Phil Spence has once again confirmed the idea that Microsoft wants to publish future Call of Duty on the PlayStation even after the acquisition of the Activision studio. You can find all our guides as well as all the news, leaks and patches for MW2 on our Call of Duty portal.