Since the announcement of the future takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, speculation has been rife as to the eventual future of certain licenses, foremost of which is obviously Call of Duty.
If the case is still far from being settled (the finalization of the takeover must thus take place before the date of June 30, 2023), the tongues have not failed to loosen, and some officials to worry about the future. in the medium to long term of certain series from the Activision Blizzard catalog on their consoles. Starting with Sony, of course. When we know that Call o Duty Vanguard was the best-selling game of the year 2021 on PS4 and on PS5, there is indeed something to wonder about.
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The Japanese manufacturer was quick to be moved by quickly reminding Microsoft of its future contractual obligations:
Nowe expect Microsoft to honor contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are cross-platform.
Despite Phil Spener’s rather reassuring response, the information collected by Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier casts doubt on the future of the Call of Duty series among the competition. Indeed, its “sources familiar with the matter”, Microsoft would intend to honor its commitments over the next two years, while leaving doubt about the “after”:
Plans are more hazy for Call of Duty games beyond that date, people familiar with the matter said. Microsoft said it expects the acquisition to close within the next 6 to 18 months, after which it will be able to decide whether future Call of Duty games will be released on PlayStation.
By leaving room for doubt, Microsoft obviously strengthens its position, and puts pressure on the competition. Will the American manufacturer have the audacity to sit on the very good sales of the PlayStation versions? It is still necessary for the competent authorities to validate the takeover of Activision Blizzard.