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At the start of 2022, Microsoft announced what is undoubtedly the most gigantic acquisition ever in the form of Activision for a whopping $68.7 billion. Activision is the studio behind the Call of Duty franchise. CoD is, of course, the most popular AAA first-person shooter franchise, and Microsoft’s ownership puts Xbox in a major position of dominance in the industry.
Although the deal has not yet been finalized, speculation about Call of Duty has picked up steam. Many expected CoD games to be completely removed from the PlayStation Store. However, that is not the case and we have some new information.
In an interview with The edge, Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer stated that he assured Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan that Xbox will not remove Call of Duty games from the PlayStation Store for at least several years. He also assured that the games will remain on the PS Store even after the end of Sony’s deal with Activision.
'In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements'
But there is something about the statement that we should keep in mind. Spencer said “Several more years at least” implying that a few years later, Microsoft will likely pull the CoD franchise from the PlayStation Store.
Now how many years there are, we can only guess. Sony’s deal with Activision expires in 2024. So we can safely say that we will be able to get future Call of Duty titles for at least 3 or 4 years.
The Call of Duty brand, according to Sony, is distinctive “like a gaming category in itself” and would be challenging for other creators to match. Microsoft claims it’s not as significant as its competitors make it out to be.
While Microsoft owns Activision now, SIE also has a handful of in-house studios like Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studios and others that define the gaming industry. So the completion will be really great to watch and observe how both companies tackle each other in the future.
What do you think the future holds for Call of Duty on PlayStation? Tell us in the comments.