Xbox director Phil Spencer confirmed on Twitter that the Call of Duty video game series will continue on PlayStation consoles despite the fact that Microsoft is close to taking over Activision and all its franchises.
Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 20, 2022
“I had good conversations with the leaders of Sony. I confirmed our intention to keep all existing agreements after the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship,” Spencer said on Twitter.
The clarification of the Xbox boss is relevant not only because of the possibility that Microsoft, in the event that the purchase of Activision Blizzard is completed, makes the decision to return to the Xbox-exclusive Call of Duty series, but also because the series of Activision video games is one of the best selling games on PlayStation consoles.
In 2021, according to PlayStation data, the second best-selling game in digital format for PS5 was Call of Duty: Vanguard, while in seventh position was another game in the series: Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. In case you were wondering, the best-selling game was NBA 2K22. Don’t be surprised, the best-selling games on PlayStation aren’t Sony exclusives, and they certainly are. Microsoft’s are not on Xbox either.
The commotion comes because on January 18, in an unexpected move, Microsoft announced the purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Although the transaction still needs to be approved by the United States regulatory authorities, the purchase is expected to go through, giving Xbox possession of one of the main producers in the industry, owner of million-dollar franchises such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch, among others.