The purchase operation on Activision Blizzard is being studied by different commissions; Sony assures that “no game of the genre is up to Call of Duty”.
A few months ago, Microsoft announced the purchase of Activision Blizzard and all its licenses. This includes IPs as successful as Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot, Candy Crush or Diablo, among others.
Of course, some time later the Redmond company promised that the Call of Duty franchise would continue to come out on Sony consoles (they even talked about Nintendo Switch). We are talking about one of the best-selling sagas in the history of video games.
Despite this, Sony is worried about the possible loss of Call of Duty in the long term. If the games of the franchise stop coming out on PlayStation, the Japanese company will lose a lot of income and part of its potential audience. At least, that’s what Sony thinks.
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Yesterday, Brazilian regulators asked Sony about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. These were his words on the matter:
”No other developer can put the same level of resources and expertise into game development. Even if I could Call of Duty is so strongly entrenched that no rival, no matter how relevant, can overcome it’‘.
What Sony means is that the loss of Call of Duty would be irreplaceable. Not even Bungie and its Destiny saga (now owned by PlayStation) could fill the gap left by war IP.
Hours later, Microsoft I have answered to Sony’s statements, and also to other opinions collected by the New Zealand Trade Commission. In a statement they assure that the operation does not violate competition between companies in the sector.
In this release, Xbox says that no video game is essential, and denies that the possible exclusivity of Call of Duty in the future supposes an irreparable loss. Call of Duty is not essential, says Microsoft.
”Specifically, with respect to Activision Blizzard video games, there is nothing unique about video games developed and published by Activision Blizzard that is a ‘must have’ for rival PC and console video game distributors.”.
In fact, both statements (both Sony and Microsoft) are business strategies about the purchase transaction. Despite this, on PlayStation they consider the acquisition of Activision Blizzard closed.
We remind you that, for now, Call of Duty games will continue to arrive on PlayStation, PC and even Nintendo Switch. This is the case of Modern Warfare 2, the sequel to Warzone or the new COD Mobile that will arrive in the coming months.