The boss of PlayStation fears that Call of Duty will become an exclusive Xbox, consequence of the takeover of Activision by Microsoft.
There is a future, more or less distant, where being a PlayStation gamer could mean being deprived of Call of Duty, one of the greatest sagas of all time — in terms of sales, at least. Microsoft wants to buy Activision, owner of the brand. If the transaction is approved by the competent authorities, the Redmond company will be able to do what it wants with the license, such as making episodes exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem.
And today is the fear of Sony, who recently spoke through Jim Ryan, president of the PlayStation branch. In the columns of GamesIndustry.bizhe confided, on September 7, that Microsoft promised to release games Call of Duty on the PlayStation for three years. Then it’s much more blurry. However, this offer is considered “ inadequate in many respects » pour Jim Ryan.
Sony puts itself in a weak position against Microsoft
« Microsoft has promised to leave Call of Duty on PlayStation for three years after the current contract between Sony and Activision. After more than 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, this proposal is inadequate in many ways and fails to take into account the impact on our players. We want to guarantee our players that they will always have the best Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal does not take this into account. », laments Jim Ryan.
Statements that could annoy Microsoft, which finds itself placed in a harmful studio posture for the video game experience on PlayStation. Especially since this Jim Ryan release reveals contractual elements that are supposed to be secret (the three-year period mentioned). Jim Ryan actually responds to Phil Spencer, through the press.
In a press release addressed to The Verge on September 2, the Xbox boss said: “ In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee them Call of Duty on PlayStation, with parity on content and features, for several years after the end of their current contract. “. He did not fail to specify that this offer was quite unusual in the industry, because often exclusives are crucial and are powerful levers to conquer the public.
So we have Microsoft on one side reaching out to prove to regulators that the Activision acquisition won’t give it too much dominance. On the other, we have Sony, which considers that the measures taken are far too insufficient.
Beyond the fear of seeing Call of Duty disappear from the PlayStation ecosystem, the objective of the Japanese firm is to derail a transaction that could have consequences for its own business. Today, she puts herself in the shoes of the victim to make it clear to anyone who will listen that the takeover of Activision would be an unprecedented cataclysm for the market. Sony’s fear is legitimate, but it’s a bit hypocritical on its part: in recent years, the company has also multiplied takeovers to afford beautiful exclusives; like Insomniac Games.
Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.
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