Xbox boss confirms Call Of Duty's future on PlayStation
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When it comes to Call of Duty, most people’s thoughts are probably on today’s release of the highly anticipated Modern Warfare II. Fans are praising the “incredible” campaign with one level in particular already being hailed amongst the franchise’s very best. As promised, classic killstreak rewards have also returned as the tactical nuke is back.
In the background though, Microsoft and Sony are still squabbling over CoD’s future. As you may be aware, Microsoft are in the process of acquiring Activision and whilst they’ve said making CoD an Xbox-exclusive “wouldn’t be profitable,” they’ve also said it’s a decision they’d probably wait “several years” before making, suggesting it may not be so concrete. Now, Xbox’s boss has settled any uncertainty.
If you haven’t already, check out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’s brand new third-person mode in action below during the recent beta period.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation and won’t in fact become an Xbox exclusive. He also suggested that the franchise could actually expand to other consoles like the Nintendo Switch. As reported by The Verge’s Tom Warren, Spencer said, “Call of Duty specifically will be available on PlayStation. I’d love to see it on the Switch.”
He continued, “I’d love to see the game playable on many different screens. Our intent is to treat CoD like Minecraft. This opportunity is really about mobile for us. When you think about three billion people playing video games, there’s only about 200 million households on one console.”
"This opportunity is really about mobile for us. When you think about 3 billion people playing video games, there's only about 200 million households on console."— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) October 26, 2022
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision has been challenged by PlayStation multiple times whilst the deal is scrutinised by industry regulators. In every circumstance, PlayStation’s argument against the deal rests on the fact that making Call of Duty an Xbox-exclusive would be detrimental to the market. By putting this idea to rest, it could be that Spencer is trying to help shepherd the deal through safely.