Microsoft clarifies Call of Duty's future on PlayStation

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Activision games should still be coming to PlayStation after the $69 billion acquisition, even beyond the existing agreements "and into the future," Microsoft has clarified.

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Brad Smith, president and vice chairman of Microsoft, has stated in a blog post that Activision Blizzard titles should be on PlayStation in the future alongside Nintendo platforms (where possible). "First, some commentators have asked whether we will continue to make popular content like Activision's Call of Duty available on competing platforms like Sony's PlayStation," reads Smith's post. "The obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title available exclusively on the Xbox console, undermining opportunities for Sony PlayStation users."

According to Smith, Microsoft "will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision." Phil Smith has previously stated this, though Smith clarifies that Microsoft has "committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love.

"We are also interested in taking similar steps to support Nintendo's successful platform. We believe this is the right thing for the industry, for gamers and for our business."

While there was ambiguity around the whole thing, even though Phil Spencer had stated that Microsoft had a "desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation," it is now cleared up by Smith's confirmation that Call of Duty and "other popular Activision Blizzard titles" are going to be multi-platform.

What are you guys thinking about this? Good news? Were you hoping Call of Duty would be gone? Let us know in the comments.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.