Can PlayStation survive without Call of Duty? Activision’s war shooter saga has been one of the most profitable franchises every year for 15 years, and although it has always been multiplatform, it is especially big on PlayStation.
For that reason, Sony fears that if Microsoft completes the purchase of Activision Blizzard, PlayStation could stop accessing Call of Duty games, by becoming Xbox exclusives.
Microsoft, to calm the waters, has offered multiple companies (including Nintendo) an agreement in which they commit to release Call of Duty games for 10 years following the deal on their platforms, but Sony is trying to block the deal outright.
And the truth is that many regulators have initially sided with him, blocking or delaying the Microsoft transaction (of almost 70,000 million dollars).
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Sony would have enough time to make an alternative to Call of Duty, according to Microsoft
Today, Microsoft released the transcript of an important meeting with the CMAthe UK market regulator, in which Microsoft and the Commission have negotiated the “remedies”, that is, the arguments and some concessions that Microsoft would make to convince the English regulators.
In it, the CMA asked if the 10-year deal is enough for Sony, saying literally whether it would leave them “over the edge” at the end of the term.
“Microsoft believes that a period of 10 years is sufficient for Sony, as the leading publisher in the market, to develop alternatives to Call of Duty.“.
But Microsoft is convinced not: “The 10-year agreement will be extended to the next generation of consoles. In addition, the practical effects of this agreement will last beyond the 10-year period, since games downloaded in the last year can continue to be played throughout the life of the console,” they add.
Microsoft, therefore, does not anticipate whether they would be willing to sign an extension of the agreement that will keep Call of Duty on PlayStation indefinitely, leaving the question of whether, within 11 years, Call of Duty would already be definitely exclusive to Xbox.
Sony isn’t about to wait to find out, and is doing everything it can to block the deal, convincing them that Microsoft is untrustworthy and might even downgrade their PlayStation versions of Call of Duty on purpose.