Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, said that his company would go above and beyond industry standards to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for years to come if the Xbox company buys Activision Blizzard.
In response, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said that his company would do the same. Ryan told GI.biz that Microsoft had offered to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for three years after the current deal between Activision and Sony ends. Ryan said, “On many levels, this is not enough.”
Ryan said he wasn’t going to say anything about this because it was a “private business discussion,” but because Spencer spoke first, he decided to speak up and “set the record straight.”
Ryan said, “Microsoft has only offered to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for three more years after the deal between Activision and Sony ends.” “After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal wasn’t good enough on many levels, and it didn’t take into account how it would affect our players. We want to make sure PlayStation players keep getting the best Call of Duty experience possible, and Microsoft’s proposal goes against this principle.”
Spencer said that Microsoft’s offer to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for what Ryan now says is three years go “well beyond typical gaming industry agreements.” He also said that the PlayStation versions of Call of Duty will have the same features and content as the Xbox versions.
We don’t know, though, how long the deal between Sony and Activision for Call of Duty was supposed to last. But whatever that is, it looks like it will be extended by three years, but it’s not clear what will happen after that.
In the back and forth between Microsoft and Sony about Microsoft’s plan to buy out Activision Blizzard, Call of Duty is getting a lot of attention. Sony, on the other hand, thinks that the Call of Duty series is so big that it is “its own gaming category,” while Microsoft doesn’t quite agree.
A report says that the next three Call of Duty games will be on PlayStation, but after that, no one knows what will happen. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II comes out in October and is the next game in the series. This year, Sony’s exclusive deal with Activision is still in place, so PlayStation users will be able to try out the beta first when it starts on September 16.
In May, Ryan made headlines when it was found out that he had sent an email to employees asking them to “respect differences of opinion” on abortion rights before writing at length about his two cats’ first birthday party.
Both Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have agreed to the plan for Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard. Now, regulatory bodies around the world are deciding whether or not to let the deal go through. New Zealand will be one of the next countries to weigh in. They have until September 9 to make a decision.
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