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We continue to go back and forth about Microsoft’s purchase of Activision. As you already know, Microsoft has made deals for games now owned by Activision, such as Call Of Duty, to continue to come to other platforms. This would lead to a return of Call Of Duty on a Nintendo console, whether it is the current Switch or a console launched in the future.
Microsoft offered this 10-year deal to Sony and Nintendo, and if Nintendo accepts it, Sony remains entrenched in its war against the acquisition of Activision and especially Call Of Duty. The Japanese company sees the deal as a way to divert attention, suggesting that a game like Call Of Duty on Nintendo consoles is not a big deal, as ResetEra has learned.
Sony against Microsoft and Nintendo with Call Of Duty in the background
Activision Blizzard may be bringing Call of Duty to Nintendo today, but not because Nintendo’s younger audience isn’t interested in first-person shooters, and a previous version of the game on their console was a commercial failure. Far from being a logical business move, the licensing deal is a tactic to give the impression that Microsoft, whose acquisition of Activision Blizzard has raised concerns in Europe, is cooperating with authorities.
Also, the Nintendo Switch may not be able to run Call of Duty easily and may never be. Developing a version of the game compatible with the Switch could take years, which would render the operation pointless. For Nintendo, it is easier to enter into this type of agreement. Nintendo doesn’t have to worry about equal treatment for its subscription service or its cloud gaming service, because those aren’t areas in which it competes aggressively.
As in a game of cards, everyone uses the ones they are most interested in, but in reality it seems that the purchase operation still has some very interesting steps to go through.