Microsoft will continue to use Call of Duty on PlayStation for many years after the last agreement

Microsoft will continue to use Call of Duty on PlayStation for many years after the last agreement ...

Microsoft has promised to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation for many more years after the current marketing agreement between Sony and Activision expires, assuming 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 promise in a statement to Sony: In January, we provided a signed agreement 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 far beyond typical gaming industry agreements.

Spencer has already made several public remarks with the same general effect, noting 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. However, this is the first such statement to guarantee the availability of Call of Duty on PlayStation beyond the parameters of existing agreements, however vaguely.

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

Spencer announced for the first time that Call of Duty games would be available on Xbox subscription services like PlayStation Plus. It appears likely this would still be a significant advantage for Microsoft as it seeks to broaden the notion of game platforms beyond the home console.