Microsoft announced in January that It was moving to acquire Activision giant Blizzard for $68.7 billion, making it the most expensive acquisition in gaming history. Now, of course, regulators such as the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and the US’s FTC must approve it, and those investigations are ongoing. But suppose everything goes according to Microsoft’s plan. In that case, the company will own Activision Blizzard, the publisher and developer behind Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and more, by the spring or summer of 2023.
Shortly after the company announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirms his company’s intention “To have Call of Duty on PlayStation” after purchase. He Confirmed the commitment earlier this monthEven after talking to PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan and promising that Call of Duty would remain on PlayStation, the contracts with Activision Blizzard and Sony have run their course (thanks, ledge,
in a new statement to sportsindustry.biz, Ryan has revealed that Call of Duty will be on PlayStation for three years after his company is signed with Activision Blizzard. However, Ryan calls it “inadequate” and appears to have expressed some dismay at the fact that Spencer publicly discussed that he and Ryan had spoken about this Call of Duty situation, calling it “private”. business” said.
“I did not intend to comment on what was deemed a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight as Phil Spencer brought this to a public forum,” Ryan’s statement reads. , According to sportsindustry.biz, “Microsoft has only offered Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony expires. After nearly 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their offer is inadequate on many levels. We want to guarantee that PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”
sportsindustry.biz says that it is believed the current deal between Sony and Activision Blizzard is gearing up for the next three Call of Duty releases, including this year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.
It was revealed in February that Call of Duty will reportedly drop by 2023, opting to forgo its usual annual release schedule and not release a new game next year. If that’s true, and assuming Call of Duty is back on its annual schedule — a new game in 2024 and then 2025 — it looks like Call of Duty will be back in 2026, 2027 and 2028 with 2029 games on PlayStation 4. But will be released. Probably out of the question, as per Ryan’s statement. Of course, this is just some quick math, and we’re not privy to knowing Call of Duty release plans for the next few years, so the final Call of Duty year for PlayStation may be different, but it’s a solid guess.
If previous console iterations are to take off, we may be playing the shooter on PlayStation 6 until then. Only time will tell. Regardless, it’s becoming more clear that PlayStation doesn’t really want Call of Duty to be an Xbox exclusive, which makes sense given that it’s usually one of the biggest releases of the year and certainly won’t give PlayStation money. brings a good portion of. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Call of Duty one day becomes an Xbox exclusive. You don’t spend $68.7 billion without planning on doing something big, and making Call of Duty exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem would be huge (albeit unfortunate for PlayStation fans).
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