Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently indicated that he had a "desire" for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and now a report from Bloomberg is suggesting that'll definitely be the case for at least the next two years due to "existing agreements" on the part of Activision.
The outlet says that Activision had put these agreements in place prior to the acquisition by Microsoft, and it means the next three Call of Duty games will indeed be multiplatform titles. Here's a bit about each of them:
"That includes this year’s Call of Duty, expected to be a new entry in the popular Modern Warfare sub-series being developed by Infinity Ward, and the following game, which is in development at Treyarch, both Activision-owned studios. The deal also includes a planned new iteration of Call of Duty Warzone, the lucrative free-to-play game that was released in 2020."
This information is said to have come from "four people with knowledge of the deal". In regards to what's next beyond those two years, it's said that "plans are hazier" — the ball will be in Microsoft's court after the deal is finalised, after all.
Spencer's statement last week mentioned that Microsoft planned to honour "existing agreements" in regards to the Call of Duty franchise, but also appeared to indicate that CoD would be remaining on PlayStation beyond those first couple of years. Ultimately, his comments are open to interpretation, so we'll have to wait and see what the future brings.
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