We’re approaching a year since Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The company is still awaiting final verification so that it can go through with the deal, which we expect will take several months. However, what we know now is that Phil Spencer wants to keep Call of Duty on the PlayStation platform.
This was one of the biggest concerns surrounding this acquisition, as Call of Duty is one of the largest game franchises in the world. We all wondered if it was going to be an Xbox exclusive. While we had news that Microsoft and Sony agreed to three additional Call of Duty games on PlayStation, it seems that’s not the case.
Phil Spencer wants to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation
The Verge recently did an interview with Xbox gaming CEO Phil Spencer, and an important part of the interview was about what Microsoft plans to do with Call of Duty. During the interview, Spencer talked about how the company really plans to handle the franchise.
What we can say, at least from Phil Spencer’s mouth, is that the company doesn’t want to take Call of Duty off PlayStation at all. This is even after three more Call of Duty games have been released. He previously issued a statement saying that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation as long as there is a PlayStation. That gives us good hope.
This problem stems from a misconception
One problem Spencer points out is the misconception many people have. Right now, Sony and Microsoft don’t have a multi-year agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, and that’s what worries people. And Spencer mentioned this in the interview. “There seems to be an idea that you have to have a long-term structure to continue to support other platforms.”
And that’s right! People expect a textbook contract outlining a specific multi-year agreement. However, that is completely right. Having this in writing is reassuring.
However, Spencer says they don’t need a multi-year deal, nor a contract that says Call of Duty will be on PlayStation “forever”.
Spencer cites another acquired Microsoft property to put people at ease
During the interview, he used Minecraft as an example. The massive game has been under Microsoft’s thumb for nearly a decade. However, Minecraft has made its way to platforms such as the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and many more. Microsoft has no multi-year deals with other companies to keep Minecraft on other devices.
Spencer stated that’s the model Microsoft wants to use for Call of Duty. It seems that Spencer wants to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation unconditionally, and the company would even be open to Call of Duty coming to the Nintendo Switch. However, that’s not too likely.
One thing Phil Spencer said pretty much says it all. He is more concerned about the customers than the competition. Bringing Call of Duty exclusively to the Xbox camp will have a negative impact on players. Countless PlayStation customers play and love Call of Duty, so that’s why it stays on that platform.