The love story between Xbox and PlayStation over the acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues. After a sequence between the two brands via the Brazilian authorities, the two brand bosses are now discussing the topic through the press.
Call of Duty, the coveted goose that lays golden eggs
If you missed previous episodes, here’s a quick update. This summer, official documents from Brazilian authorities showed Sony’s fears that Activision Blizzard’s big licenses would become such a big force for Xbox that it would unbalance the gaming landscape.
Sony also said that no current industry player would have the chance to create a potential Call of Duty rival, even on a similar budget, as the successful franchise has been established. For its part, Xbox had flattered PlayStation and Nintendo exclusives and accused Sony of paying some developers to prevent their game from making it into the Xbox Game Pass catalog. In short, it wasn’t exactly crazy love.
Last week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer publicly evoked a guarantee he had made to PlayStation indicating that Call of Duty would continue to arrive on PlayStation “for at least several years after the current contract signed with Sony”. But today, PlayStation president Jim Ryan responds on the matter.
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 why Phil Spencer brought it to the public’s attention.
Microsoft has proposed that Call of Duty will only remain on PlayStation for three years after the end of the current deal between Activision and Sony. After nearly 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposition was inadequate on many levels and did not consider the impact on our players. We want to ensure PlayStation players continue to enjoy the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal thwarts this principle.
It’s hard to fully understand what exactly Jim Ryan is referring to here, but clearly the guarantee that Call of Duty continues to arrive on PlayStation “at least 3 years” after the current deal isn’t enough for Sony. . Here Sony fears that Call of Duty will no longer be distributed on PlayStation in the future, even if the license is today one of the most profitable for Sony. See you next episode.