Microsoft now indicates that Call of Duty on PlayStation will always receive support
According to Phil Spencer, it will support Sony’s gaming system “as long as there is a PlayStation out there.”
Microsoft’s pledge to continue supporting Call of Duty on the PlayStation for three more years, according to Jim Ryan, head of Sony PlayStation, was “inadequate on many levels” earlier this year. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer now seems to have extended that term to eternity, or at least for as long as the PlayStation platform is in existence, in comments to the gaming podcast SameBrain.
He declared, “We’re not stealing Call of Duty from PlayStation. That is not our intention, and as long as there are PlayStations to ship on, we want to continue shipping Call of Duty on PlayStation, much like we have done with Minecraft ever since we acquired that platform.”
“The number of locations where individuals may play Minecraft has increased, rather than decreased, and it has been successful. In my opinion, it’s helped the Minecraft community, and I want to do the same as we consider the future potential of Call of Duty.”
As the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) began a “Phase 2 inquiry” into Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision, Spencer made the remarks. Concern that Microsoft would prevent Call of Duty from being played on PlayStation platforms is one specific justification given. Microsoft responded by claiming that the UK regulator had deliberately adopted Sony’s objections during its initial investigation. However, according to Spencer, Microsoft is sure that the agreement will be authorized before the end of its fiscal year in June 2023.