Microsoft will continue playing Call of Duty on PlayStation for years after the current agreement

Microsoft will continue playing Call of Duty on PlayStation for years after the current agreement ...

After the existing marketing arrangement between Sony and Activision expires, Microsoft has promised to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation for many more years as long as the acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes ahead.

According to a report by The Verge, Microsoft gaming head Phil Spencer made the promise in a letter to PlayStation president and CEO Jim Ryan earlier this year. Spencer confirmed the commitment in a statement to Sony in January: We pledged 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.

Spencer has made several public statements with the same general effect, highlighting the importance of the PlayStation community to Call of Duty and comparing the game to Minecraft, which Microsoft has maintained since its acquisition of Mojang in 2014. But this is the first such statement to guarantee the availability of Call of Duty on PlayStation beyond the parameters of existing agreements, although vaguely.

Microsoft is keen not to portray its acquisition of Activision Blizzard as anti-competitive as it is subjected to international scrutiny. This is one leak Spencer and his team will have been quite happy to disclose.

Spencer confirmed for the first time that Call of Duty games will be available on Xbox subscription service, Game Pass. It's possible that these games may still be available on competing systems like PlayStation Plus, although this might be a significant departure for Microsoft as it seeks to expand the notion of game platforms beyond the home console.