Jason Schreier pointed out that Activision Blizzard’s next three “Call of Duty” new titles will remain on the PS platform, but there is a vague space for whether the works after this will remain.Image: Provided by Activision Blizzard
After Microsoft announced last week that it acquired Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion (approximately NT$1.9 trillion) in full cash, due to Activision’s well-known shooting IP “Decision Moment” in Europe and the United States, Microsoft’s Xbox and The Sony PlayStation conflict seems imminent. To this end, Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, once said that Microsoft will abide by the “existing agreement” to keep this popular IP on the PS platform. “Bloomberg” reporter Jason Schreier wrote today that the three new “Decisive Moments” in the future will indeed be on the PS platform. The platform is released, but the follow-up is not easy to say.
Maybe Asian players don’t feel it, but “Decisive Moment” can be said to be a shooting IP work of “national social” level in Europe and the United States. For Sony, which has focused on development in Europe and the United States in recent years, if Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard Listing this popular IP as an Xbox exclusive will have a terrifying impact on its game revenue.
Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 20, 2022
In order to reassure rivals who are in a competitive relationship, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, wrote on Twitter on the 21st of this month: “We reached a good resolution with Sony’s executives this week. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard Afterwards, I confirmed that we will abide by all existing agreements to keep the Call of Duty series on the PlayStation platform. Sony is an important partner in the gaming industry, and we take the Xbox-Sony partnership very seriously.”
Xbox chief Phil Spencer’s previous tweets only guaranteed that Microsoft would “abide by all existing agreements.”Picture: Retrieved from Phil Spencer’s Twitter
Further, “Bloomberg” reporter Jason Schreier released a related report today, in addition to revealing Activision Blizzard’s future three new “Call of Duty” works (Call of Duty 2022, Call of Duty 2023 and Modern Battlefield 2 released in 2023) will also It remains on the PS platform, but there is a vague space for whether the work after that will still survive.
NEW: Activision is committed to releasing at least the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation even after the Xbox acquisition, according to people familiar with the deal. That’s COD2022, COD2023, and Warzone 2 (in 2023). After that, it’s hazier https://t.co/OpWE7Tk9KV
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 25, 2022
Such concerns are not unreasonable. Jason Schreier also cited previous examples of Microsoft’s acquisitions, such as “B agency” Bethesda and Obsidian. After Microsoft acquired and fulfilled the existing contract content, the follow-up works of the two game studios were no longer available on PS. available on the platform.
“To be clear, the news of the Activision Blizzard deal with Sony has nothing to do with the timing of when Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard. This contract was signed before the news of the acquisition last week,” said Jason Schreier.