Call of Duty, PlayStation’s jab at Xbox: “the terms of the offer do not satisfy us”

If it is true that Xbox has made an offer to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, it is also true that this offer had remained secret, at least until today. From the pages of GamesIndustry.biz, in fact, Jim Ryan has decided to take a stand against the proposal of Phil Spencer, judged “unsatisfactory” by the current head of PlayStation.

“I didn’t want to comment, I understood that this whole deal would remain private, but I think I have to do it after Phil Spencer’s words”: thus begins the statement from Jim Ryan. “Microsoft has offered the stay of Call of Duty on PlayStation for three years after the current deal ends. After twenty years of the franchise on our consoles, their proposition is simply inadequate on multiple levels and fails to meet the expectations of our players. We want to continue to guarantee PlayStation users the same qualitative experience of the past with Call of Duty and Microsoft’s proposal undermines our ideal ”, the words of Ryan declared to his British colleagues.

Two interesting news emerge from the letters: the first is that it would be very close to the end of the current contract between Activision and Sony. The second, however, is that after the three years proposed by Microsoft to Sony, the historic IP may no longer debut on the PlayStation console or at least not in its entirety. If before today it was difficult to imagine Activision’s shooter exclusive to a single platform, after these statements it appears more likely that Microsoft could set the stakes for the arrival of the game on other platforms, at least in the nature we know.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is expected to close by early 2023. Post-acquisition, some of the US group’s games will be added to Xbox Game Pass. Among these, in addition to the series created by Vince Zampella, we find Overwatch and Diablo. Keep following Tom’s Hardware for all the news and announcements in the pipeline from the world of video games.


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