After Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, there were concerns if the company would keep Call of Duty on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement. Bloomberg reported “at least the next three games” from the Call of Duty series will be on PlayStation but Microsoft has now confirmed the series and other popular Activision-owned titles will continue to remain on Sony’s PlayStation.
“To be clear, 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,” President & Vice Chair Brad Smith wrote in a blog post. “And we have 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.”
According to Microsoft, not only will Call of Duty be on PlayStation, but Sony fans can also expect to enjoy other games such as Overwatch and Diablo. Up until now, it was not clear how long popular Activision titles would remain on PlayStation or if they will only be on Xbox and PC after Sony’s pre-existing agreement expires.
Smith also outlined a new set of Open App Store Principles that concerns Microsoft Store on Windows and future marketplaces the company is building for games. “We have developed these principles in part to address Microsoft’s growing role and responsibility as we start the process of seeking regulatory approval in capitals around the world for our acquisition of Activision Blizzard,” he wrote. “This regulatory process begins while many governments are also moving forward with new laws to promote competition in app markets and beyond. We want regulators and the public to know that as a company, Microsoft is committed to adapting to these new laws, and with these principles, we’re moving to do so.”
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision is still yet to be completed and it is expected to be reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission before it is approved.