Microsoft will keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for many years after the current deal

Microsoft will keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for many years after the current deal ...

Assuming that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes ahead, Microsoft has pledged to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation for many more years.

According to a report by The Verge, Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer promised to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several years beyond the current Sony contract.

Spencer has already made several public comments to 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. But this is the first such statement to guarantee the availability of Call of Duty on PlayStation beyond the limitations of existing agreements, although vaguely.

Microsoft is adamant 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 delighted to reveal.

Spencer said for the first time that Call of Duty games would be available on Xbox subscription services, Game Pass. Despite the fact that they might not be available on competing systems like PlayStation Plus, it appears likely that this might be a significant difference for Microsoft as it seeks to broaden the concept of game platforms beyond the home console.