Game news Call of Duty games on PS5 and PS4: Yes, but until when? The PlayStation CEO speaks
If Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and many of its sequels are actually released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, the license could do without Sony in the future. Obviously, this news is not to the liking of Jim Ryan, the CEO of PlayStation.
Call of Duty, on PlayStation forever?
Ever since Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision / Blizzard earlier this year, the gaming world doesn’t know where to go. It must be said that many questions remain unanswered by this announcement, despite the various words spoken by Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox brand, to reassure the players. One of the most frequently asked questions is: “Will the Call of Duty saga be released again and again on Sony machines in the future?”. In absolute terms, the answer is yes, but in the end it seems to be a little more complicated than that.
Given that the deal to acquire Activision / Blizzard amounts to $ 68.7 billion, which is nothing, it is normal that Microsoft wants to get all the shares of the dodder. And one of those parts is sadly the Call of Duty saga that debuted on Xbox consoles in 2005 and on PlayStation machines in 2006. Since then, the license has obviously made a name for itself; better, the franchise is now one of the most appreciated by the media, thanks in particular to the success of the excellent Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare released in 2007.
Jim Ryan’s displeasure
Of course, Jim Ryan, the president of the PlayStation brand – just like the players – would like this story to continue on all machines, but it seems Microsoft has decided otherwise. Recently, Phil Spencer announced it in the columns of The Verge:
Last January we provided Sony with a signed agreement that guarantees the release of Call of Duty games on PlayStation, for at least several years after the current contract expires, an offer that goes far beyond the usual agreements concluded in the video game industry. . Phil Spencer, President of Xbox
If the proposal appears correct at first glance, Jim Ryan has taken a little more time to analyze this arrangement which he considers “inadequate, in many respects”. This agreement provides that the franchise will continue on Sony machines “for another three years after the end of the current agreement between Activision and Sony”. In other words, it is likely that Call of Duty will no longer be available on Sony platforms in the near future. This news is not to the liking of the PlayStation boss. It is for this reason that he shows his dissatisfaction in a statement provided to GamesIndustry.biz.
I wasn’t going to comment on what I intended to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight, as Phil Spencer has brought this issue into the public arena. (…) Microsoft has proposed that Call of Duty remain on PlayStation for only three years after the end of the current agreement between Activision and Sony. After nearly 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal is inadequate on many levels and does not take into account the impact on our players. We want to ensure that PlayStation players continue to experience Call of Duty of the highest quality, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines that principle. Jim Ryan, President of PlayStation
You understand, Jim Ryan criticizes here the fact that Microsoft does not take into account the impact that such news could have on the PlayStation community, especially when we know the influential Call of Duty franchise. For our part, we just have to wait wisely for the end of the story, hoping for a nice “happy ending”.