will call of Duty stay tuned PlayStation Consoles now that Microsoft has announced its purchase plans Activision BlizzardD? In a new tweet addressing player concerns about the game becoming Xbox exclusive, Phil Spencer basically said, “Don’t worry, CoD isn’t going anywhere.”
Following an official statement from Sony yesterday (January 20, 2022) in which the PlayStation platform owner said it expects Microsoft to honor existing “contractual agreements” with PlayStation, Phil Spencer tweeted his assurances that Microsoft “values [its] relationship” with Sony and that it “[the company’s] Desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation”.
“Had good conversations with executives at Sony this week,” Spencer wrote in a tweet. “I have reaffirmed our intention to honor all existing agreements following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry and we value our relationship.”
The phrasing here is interesting; Spencer doesn’t commit to any specific games or schedule. It could be the case that Warzone stays on the platform – Microsoft has previously said it doesn’t want to break up any pre-existing communities – and new Call of Duty games could be exclusive to Xbox.
Microsoft, of course, has previously honored pre-existing contractual agreements: when Xbox announced it would acquire Bethesda parent company Zenimax in 2020, both Arkane’s Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo were confirmed by Tango Gameworks as PS5 exclusives. It’s worth noting that shortly after, Microsoft announced the much-anticipated sci-fi role-playing game, Starfield, which, however, will be exclusive to Xbox.
This news comes as “senior officials” at Activision have reportedly discussed abandoning Call of Duty’s current annual release schedule. If that happens, it would buck a trend that has existed since 2005. But with more games now moving down the service path, and shooters in particular working well with seasonal content models, maybe it’s time to give the old CoD formula a little refreshment?
Surely now that the IP is owned by Microsoft, there’s no better time to start experimenting, right?
We’ve published a list of dream games we’d like to see come out of the Xbox/Activision Blizzard acquisition, and if you still have burning questions about how this is all going to play out, you can check out our list of questions about the acquisition, which we have tried to the best of our ability to answer.