Microsoft announced a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo, as soon as the acquisition of Activision Blizzard is finalized. Check the video for a quick summary.
We all know that Microsoft wants to buy Activision Blizzard and the deal is still being reviewed by the FTC and regulators in Europe and the UK. The big point of contention is the Call of Duty franchise, among others, as Sony fears that Microsoft will make the game exclusive and PlayStation could lose a lot of players that way.
However, Microsoft and specifically Xbox boss Phil Spencer have already confirmed several times that they do not plan to release Call of Duty exclusively for Xbox and PC. They assured that CoD will continue to be released for the PlayStation.
With their latest announcement, they confirmed once again that Call of Duty will continue to be accessible to as many players as possible – in fact, even more players than before.
Will Call of Duty Come To Switch?
Xbox boss Phil Spencer just announced on Twitter that Microsoft has made a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles, should the deal go through.
Our acquisition will bring Call of Duty to more gamers and more platforms than ever before. That's good for competition and good for consumers. Thank you @Nintendo. Any day @Sony wants to sit down and talk, we'll be happy to hammer out a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well. https://t.co/m1IQxdeo6n— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) December 7, 2022
Microsoft President Brad Smith confirmed this statement and reiterated that the Activision Blizzard acquisition was good for competition and consumers, i.e. gamers. He also stated that they're willing to offer Sony a similar 10-year agreement as well, should they agree to negotiate.
Since the acquisition has been under review for such a long time already, and it's still not clear whether it will go through, it seems Microsoft is now looking for ways to convince the regulators and also Sony that they don't want to build a monopoly. Bringing Call of Duty to the Switch and/or later Nintendo consoles would definitely be a big step, since the last time CoD was playable on a Nintendo console was in 2013 with CoD: Ghosts.
We think it would be great if Call of Duty was made available to even more players. After all, with Nintendo, they would have more or less covered the entire market. CoD has been available on Xbox, PlayStation, PC and even mobile for quite some time now.
The big question, of course, is whether the Activision Blizzard acquisition will actually happen, and if it does, how the hell Call of Duty is going to run on a Switch....
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