If you follow the news concerning the deal between Activision and Microsoft, you know that Call of Duty occupies a central place in the discussions. We find in particular Sony, which has widely expressed its fears of seeing the license disappear in the long term from PlayStation, or benefit from advantages that are too interesting on Xbox. Today, the boss of Xbox says he is open to dialogue.
Sony would like it to be written in black and white and for life
This is as part of an interview with the podcast Decode that Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming has again clarified on the subject.
“It’s not that at some point I’m pulling the rug out from under the PlayStation 7 legs and it’s ‘hahaha, you haven’t written the contract for long enough,'” Phil Spencer explained before specify that there could be no contract that would determine things “forever”.
Just after the announcement of Microsoft’s intention to buy Activision Blizzard King, Phil Spencer had however confirmed that the Call of Duty license would remain on PlayStation and that Microsoft had no interest in withdrawing this franchise which remains appreciated by PlayStation players, and which generates a significant turnover on this console. Again last October, Phil Spencer specified that as long as there are PlayStation consolesthe license will remain on it.
We are not going to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation, that is not our intention. We don’t want that as long as there’s a PlayStation console to release on. [Call of Duty].
Our goal is to release Call of Duty on PlayStation similar to what we’ve done with Minecraft since we got it, where we’ve instead expanded the places people can play Minecraft. We didn’t reduce that, and it went well. It’s been beneficial to the Minecraft community, in my opinion, and I want to do the same when we think about Call of Duty in the next few years.
Xbox remains open to dialogue to reassure Sony and regulators
It is known that Phil Spencer had committed in writing to Sony that Call of Duty would continue to be released on PlayStation for “several additional years” beyond the existing marketing agreement between Sony and Activision. But this is apparently not enough for Sony who continues to fear the disappearance of the franchise in the long term for its players.
And if that’s not enough, Phil Spencer now says he’s more open than ever to reassure Sony.
I think the idea of writing a contract with the word ‘forever’ in it is a bit silly, but I have no problem making a longer-term commitment that Sony and regulators would be comfortable with. .
In its official statements, Microsoft has always spoken of its “intention” to let Call of Duty continue on PlayStation, a subtlety that we had noted and which could cast doubt on the intentions of the brand. Today, Phil Spencer still does not seem ready to put down on paper elements that are too engaging, but today reiterates his vision of things.
Native Call of Duty on PlayStation, not tied to Game Pass support, no streaming. If they want a streaming version of Call of Duty, we could do that too, just like we would on our own consoles.
There is no deception. It’s the Call of Duty Modern Warfare II which works well on PlayStation, which works well on Xbox. The next game, the next, the next, the next, the next [jeu]. Native on the platform, without the need to subscribe to Game Pass. Sony doesn’t need to make Game Pass available on its platform for that to happen.
There is nothing hidden. We want to continue to deliver Call of Duty on PlayStation without any “haha, Phil Spencer said intention” quirkiness. I understand some people’s concerns about this, and I’m just trying to be as clear as possible.