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

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

If Sony purchases Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has promised to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation for several more years.

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 further stated the commitment in a statement to the Verge: 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 far beyond typical gaming industry agreements.

Spencer has made several public comments to 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 limitations of existing agreements, however vaguely.

Microsoft is attempting not to portray its acquisition of Activision Blizzard as anti-competitive, as it is being closely monitored by governments around the world. 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, although it's possible the feature might be a bit different for Microsoft as it seeks to extend the notion of game platforms beyond the home console.