Sep 5. (Portaltic/EP) –
The CEO of Microsoft Gaming and head of Xbox, phil spencersent a letter to his counterpart in PlayStation, Jim Ryanto promise in writing that the saga Call of Duty will be able to remain “many more years” in the console of Sony.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the purchase of Activision Blizzard for more than 60,000 million euros. The operation included all of its assets, such as the Call of Duty franchise, which will pass into the hands of Xbox once it is closed.
This led Sony to be suspicious of the agreement, given the possibility that the war franchise would be left out of the Playstation catalog. Spencer then conveyed to Sony his intention to respect the “existing agreements” with Activision Blizzard and, among them, his “desire” to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.
However, in his arguments before the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) of Brazil, in charge of approving the acquisition, Sony opposed the agreement and cataloged Call of Duty as a franchise “essential for PlayStation”, which “it’s so popular that it influences users’ choice of console.”
Now, the specialized portal TheVerge has disclosed the existence of a missive that Spencer himself sent to Ryan earlier this year. In it, he promised the Japanese to keep the war franchise on PlayStation “many more years” than those included in the current contract, as stated in the statement provided by Spencer to this medium.
This contract is a commercial agreement that, according to the freelance journalist Tom Henderson at the end of last May in Twitterwill keep Call of Duty on PlayStation until at least 2025 or 2026. Earlier, in January, due to the Activision Blizzard acquisition deal, Bloomberg reported that Sony had Call of Duty until 2024.
Sony’s deal lasts for the next 3 games I believe. MWII, Warzone 2, and Treyarch’s game. So if Microsoft obligates Sony’s existing deal, which they have said they will, nothing should change until CoD 2025/2026 (depending on when that releases). https://t.co/DqMJ1aKJW7
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) May 26, 2022
Spencer’s statements suggest, therefore, that the franchise will continue to be on Sony’s console even beyond these dates. These words also fit with his recently shown position towards the exclusivity of games, which, according to him, is something that is going to happen “less and less”.