According to the latest statements from Phil Spencer, “Call of Duty” will remain permanently on the PlayStation consoles. The series should be treated similar to “Minecraft”.
How long will Call of Duty remain on PlayStation consoles after Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard? After a limited time deal from PlayStation was considered insufficientMicrosoft seems to be switching to an unlimited deal.
In a recent interview with the Same Brain Podcast, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed that the series will be available on PlayStation consoles as long as Sony releases consoles.
“We will not take Call of Duty off the PlayStation…that is not our intention” so Spencer. “As long as there is a PlayStation that we can supply, it is our intention to continue to ship on the PlayStation, much like we have done with Minecraft since we’ve owned it.”
They’ve even expanded the places people can play Minecraft, not reduced them. “I want to do the same as we think about where Call of Duty can go,” Spencer continued.
Availability was initially limited
In earlier answers, Phil Spencer stated that Microsoft would like to keep “Call of Duty” on the PlayStation systems for at least several years. And also recently published documents supported this approach.
The latest statement, if set in stone contractually, would mean that the Call of Duty franchise will likely remain on PlayStation consoles until Sony waives console releases.
Like the latest UK charts clarify, an exclusive strategy would be rather harmful anyway, since it would cut the player base significantly. In the case of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which launched last week, 71 percent of console retail sales are attributed to PlayStation consoles. And the latest part could also be found in the PlayStation Store set a record.
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