Microsoft had previously said that it would also bring Call of Duty to other platforms as part of the tense exchanges over the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Now, the two companies are reportedly negotiating a contract.
The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is still a long way from being completed, and some antitrust authorities are still arguing over the transaction, and Sony is still lamenting the potential loss of Call of Duty, despite Microsoft's assurances that the series would remain available on Playstation.
A number of hearings will be held today, including one at the European Commission. However, Microsoft has already drawn up a tactical agreement for this meeting, which is apparently intended to entice the EU.
Microsoft and Nintendo have signed a 10-year deal, which will allow for all future Call of Duty games for Nintendo platforms at the same time, with the same features and content. The acquisition of Activision Blizzard will be effective.
In a statement accompanying the purchase, Nintendo Switch said it intends to provide similar access to Call of Duty over the long term, to give more gamers more choices and increase competition in the gaming industry.
The agreement is a clear indication that Microsoft is willing to make concessions to get the deal done. Sony has previously received an offer for PlayStation but has yet to make a decision. According to Microsoft, the company would have the ability and incentive to prohibit or limit access to Call of Duty for competitors, including PlayStation and PlayStation Plus.
It should be very interesting to see what comes out of today's hearing before the EU. In any event, the agreement is a clear statement from Microsoft, including to Sony.
In the video, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 + Warzone 2.0 is shown.
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