Call of Duty and “other popular Activision Blizzard titles” will continue to be available on PlayStation beyond existing agreements after Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard closes, Microsoft vice chairman and president Bradford Lee Smith said in a blog post.
“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,” Smith said. “The obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title available exclusively on the Xbox console, undermining opportunities for Sony PlayStation users.”
Smith continued, “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. 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.”
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer previously shared a similar sentiment, but it was unclear whether he meant beyond any existing agreements.