After the news broke last week of Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision, fans were worried about what will be the future of the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft plans to honour the existing agreements by releasing “at least the next three games” in the Call of Duty series on PlayStation.
Call of Duty games has always been among the best-selling games every year on Sony’s PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5. The games have always been released on the Xbox, PlayStation and PC where they bring in significant revenue from sales. Bloomberg reports Activision had already committed to making “the next few” Call of Duty games available on PlayStation. The agreement includes this year’s game which is expected to be a new Modern Warfare game by Infinity Ward, the upcoming game which is still in development from Treyarch, and a planned new iteration of the Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale shooter.
Last week in a tweet, Microsoft Gaming Chief Phil Spencer said he had spoken to Sony about the franchise. “I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.” Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision is not expected to be completed until its fiscal year 2023 which starts on July 1st and ends June 30th, 2023.
Once the deal is completed to acquire Activision, Microsoft is expected to clarify if Call of Duty games will be Xbox-exclusive in the future or if furthermore games will be released on Sony’s PlayStation. According to Bloomberg, top executives at Activision have also discussed changing the timeline of Call of Duty games releases rather than putting the games out every year.