Unlike Sony, EA is optimistic about Microsoft acquiring Call of Duty

By Lee Brady,

EA's Andrew Wilson differs from Sony's stance regarding Microsoft's acquisition of the Call of Duty franchise, focusing on the "tremendous opportunity" for Battlefield as it remains on PlayStation consoles.

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson was not particularly forthcoming in supporting Sony's weak argument that Call of Duty was "too big" for Microsoft when he recently weighed in on the subject. Following an increasing investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Wilson instead chose to recognise EA's Battlefield series and how it might gain PlayStation players should Call of Duty go Xbox exclusive in the near future.

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Battlefield eyes opportunity for PlayStation player base growth

Axios' Stephen Tolito quotes Wilson, who was speaking rather candidly about his thoughts on the Call of Duty series potentially being brought exclusively to Microsoft consoles at a Goldman Sachs conference, as having said: "In a world where there are questions as to the future of Call of Duty and what platforms that might be on and might not be on, being platform-agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield I think is a tremendous opportunity."

While PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan continues to feud publicly with Xbox Gaming chief Phil Spencer, it seems EA has been opportunistically keeping an eye on the fallout — with its "platform-agnostic" stance a telling reference to the company's plans for Battlefield. Without any such acquisition plans on the table for EA, Battlefield would be free not only to continue to sell to Xbox players, but also to vacuum up any Call of Duty players looking for a blockbuster AAA warfare simulator in the scenario that the Xbox-PlayStation-Call of Duty deal to prevent console exclusivity eventually runs out.

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Of course, before any of that can take place, EA needs to actually sell people on Battlefield as a replacement — after all, in the same quote, Wilson spends quite a lot of time lamenting the poor quality of Battlefield 2042 and Battlefield V: "I don't think we delivered in the last two iterations of [Battlefield] in the way that we should have. There's a lot of work we've got to do there."

While fans rave over the latest Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal, Battlefield fans have had to contend with far more exhausting issues like a lack of features and polish in their latest game entries. Should Call of Duty eventually bid farewell to PlayStation, Wilson will want to ensure the Battlefield series is actually up to the task of filling that void — otherwise, his company might miss their opportunity. Let us know in the comments below what you think of Wilson's statement.
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium, recent Sony news), and his secret third eye on the junk he really likes (Sonic Superstars, Final Fantasy 16). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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