Update: In response to Bloomberg's report, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has shared some comments suggesting that Microsoft won't be pulling Activision Blizzard games away from PlayStation, although it's not 100% clear whether he means existing titles or games that are set to release in the future.
"I’ll just say to players out there who are playing Activision Blizzard games on Sony’s platform: It’s not our intent to pull communities away from that platform and we remained committed to that."
Original story: Following the bombshell news that Xbox is buying Activision, questions are already being asked about the future of Activision games. Call of Duty has a huge presence on PlayStation, as well as franchises like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, of course.
It seems like some of these series' may stick around on other platforms after the acquisition. According to a Bloomberg report, Microsoft is still planning to support other systems, even if some content becomes Xbox exclusive.
"Microsoft plans to keep making some of Activision’s games for PlayStation consoles but will also keep some content exclusive to Xbox, said a person familiar with the company’s thinking."
Phil Spencer, now the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, also commented on Activision games on other platforms. Here's what he had to say:
"The fantastic franchises across Activision Blizzard will also accelerate our plans for Cloud Gaming, allowing more people in more places around the world to participate in the Xbox community using phones, tablets, laptops and other devices you already own. Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward."
Given that statement's focus on mobile devices, it's clear Spencer isn't just addressing PlayStation here. The statement also reiterates that the company will "continue to support", which could focus on existing games and partnerships rather than new releases, much like the Bethesda deal.
Not everything is finalised just yet, as the deal won't go through until at least its fiscal year 2023, which covers July 2022 through June 2023.
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