After the current marketing arrangement between Sony and Activision expires, Microsoft has pledged to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation for many more years, as long as their acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes ahead.
According to a report by The Verge, Microsoft gaming head Phil Spencer promised to sign a contract with Sony 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 remarks 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 terms of existing agreements, although vaguely.
Microsoft is adamant not to portray its acquisition of Activision Blizzard as anti-competitive, as it is subjected to fierce scrutiny from governments across the world. This is one hint Spencer and his team will have been quite pleased to confirm.
Spencer claimed for the first time that Call of Duty games would be available on Xbox subscription services like PlayStation Plus, although it appears likely this might be a significant advantage for Microsoft as it seeks to extend the notion of game platforms beyond the home console.