Back in January, Microsoft promised to continue releasing Call of Duty on the PlayStation after buying Activision Blizzard. Xbox chief Phil Spencer told The Verge details from a letter he sent to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan on the subject.
We have provided Sony with signed guarantees that Call of Duty will be released on PlayStation with parity of features and content across platforms for at least a few years after the end of the current contract. This is an offer that goes far beyond the typical conventions in the gaming industry.
Earlier it became known that “T-shirts” consider it unprofitable not to release Call of Duty on the consoles of the main competitor. In their opinion, the company will lose more than gain from exclusivity. Analyst Daniel Ahmad believes that Phil Spencer is “missing the catch” in this case:
If Spencer leaves Call of Duty on Xbox and PlayStaion, then some players will get the game for free on Game Pass, while others will pay $70. But if the series is made exclusive to the PlayStation, then everyone will have to pay 70 bucks.
I think Phil is missing a trick here.
If he keeps it on Xbox and PlayStation then some will get it for free on Game Pass and others will pay $70
But if he makes it exclusive to PlayStation then everyone will have to pay $70
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 2, 2022
According to journalists, such statements by Microsoft are intended to appease and reassure the antitrust authorities, which are now checking the legality of the deal for $68.7 billion. call of duty.