continue theheated debate between Microsoft and Sony regarding the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard under review by the UK CMA. The house of PlayStation has once again emphasized how much Call of Duty is a franchise capable of moving the foundations of the market, and how other series cannot do the same.
When we talk about Call of Duty, the name of immediately comes to mind Battlefieldfor years the main rival of the Activision shooter series. Generally, Call of Duty has always outnumbered the DICE series, and this year in particular we’ve seen the gap widen thanks to the unprecedented success of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and the continued flop of Battlefield 2042. With a note to the CMA, Sony has highlighted that the multiplatform series published by Electronic Arts will not be able to keep up with Call of Duty.
“Other publishers don’t have the resources or expertise to match its success. To give a concrete example, Electronic Arts (one of the largest third-party developers after Activision) has been trying for many years to produce a rival to Call of Duty with its Battlefield series.
Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield, and despite EA’s track record of developing other successful AAA franchises (such as FIFA, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, and Star Wars: Battlefront), the franchise Battlefield can’t keep up. As of August 2021, more than 400 million Call of Duty games had been sold, while Battlefield had sold just 88.7 million copies.”
In the same document, Sony revealed the number of Xbox Game Pass subscribers.