Microsoft has reiterated its intentions to act in good-faite regarding major franchises such Call of Duty that are not on Xbox, ever since January’s Activision Blizzard acquisition by Microsoft. Microsoft recently pledged to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, beyond the contract between Sony Entertainment and Activision Blizzard. The deal will cover the three next Call of Duty games.
Good calls with Sony leaders this week. I confirmed that we intend to honor all agreements regarding Activision Blizzard’s acquisition and that we want to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation. Sony is an integral part our industry and we appreciate our relationship.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 20, 2022
Phil Spencer, Xbox’s head of Xbox, stated explicitly that the company is committed to making Call of Duty available on PlayStation the same day as the game launches elsewhere.
However, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan stated this week in a statement. GamesIndustry.bizThe Xbox’s most recent offer was “inadequate at many levels.”
This was a signed agreement with Sony to guarantee Call of Duty for PlayStation, with feature parity and content parity, at least several additional years.”
Ryan’s entire response can be found here
Microsoft only offers for Call of Duty to be on PlayStation for three more years following the end of the current agreement between Activision & Sony. The proposal by Microsoft was not adequate after nearly 20 years of Call of Duty being available on PlayStation. They also neglected to account for the effect on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.
We want to know what it is. Your All this? Are Jim Ryan realistic in his expectations for Xbox? Or do you think it ironic that a brand (PlayStation) that has largely built its success on exclusivity of high-profile games is now crying foul?—even with Microsoft’s continued promises of multiplatform support for Call of Duty. We’d love to hear from you in the comments.