Call of Duty remains at the center of the debate surrounding Microsoft’s takeover of Activision-Blizzard. According to the New York Times, the Redmond company tried to ease tensions by offering a contract with Sony that stipulated that the license would remain with PlayStation for at least 10 years. The Japanese automaker declined to comment.
We hope you’ve figured out that the next Call of Duty will still be on PlayStation after Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, because it’s not Phil Spencer’s fault that repeat it on all the roofs. For weeks, the Xbox boss has been repeating to anyone who will listen that no, the Redmond company has no plans to make the biggest video game license in history an Xbox exclusive. Even to the point, sometimes, of emitting small signs of irritation.
It must be said that the thing has something to give Sony a cold sweat. Every Call of Duty opus is a giant box set – it won’t be Warzone 2 that will prove otherwise – and its potential disappearance from the PlayStation catalog would be a huge blow for the Japanese company. In fact, the license is put forward as argument number 1 by the international authorities that assess the danger of the takeover of Activision-Blizzard.
Microsoft wants to ease tensions surrounding Call of Duty… for 10 years
Microsoft is fully aware of this and somehow trying to looks good, thus going around the media to ensure that Call of Duty stays well on PlayStation. But the company also deals privately, as we learn from a recent New York Times article investigating the matter. According to the American newspaper, Microsoft has offered Sony a contract that obligates it to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation. for at least 10 years.
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At this time, it is not yet known whether Sony has followed through on this proposal, as the manufacturer has refused to comment on this information. Still, Microsoft seems determined to show its paw in this story, which significantly slows down its buyout process. We remember that the publisher had first proposed a three-year agreement, which had not really convinced the international authorities.
Source: New York Times