And breathe! Today's news that Microsoft is purchasing Activision Blizzard has got us all flustered here at Pure Xbox, and although we know some of the details of the acquisition already, we've still got tons of questions that are being left unanswered — or vaguely answered — for the time being.
For example, what's happening with Call of Duty?! For years, we've gritted our teeth at some of the timed content afforded to PlayStation owners with the CoD series, but now we're facing the real possibility that Activision's most popular franchise could be an Xbox console exclusive in the future... if Microsoft wants it to be, of course.
For now, the official line from Xbox boss Phil Spencer (now CEO of Microsoft Gaming) is that "it’s not our intent to pull communities away from that platform [PlayStation] and we remained committed to that." On paper, that sounds like great news for PlayStation owners, but how long will the new releases continue? A Bloomberg report has suggested that some games will continue to be made for PlayStation, but other content will be Xbox exclusive.
Call of Duty: Warzone, for example, might be sticking around PlayStation for many years to come. But you have to wonder whether Microsoft will remain committed to launching brand-new Call of Duty titles on competitors' platforms in the future — if you're spending 68.7 billion dollars on an acquisition, it's understandable that you might not be too thrilled about launching too many new games on competitors' platforms.
Then again, Microsoft could be thinking of releasing new Call of Duty titles day and date on Xbox Game Pass, and simply charging full price to players on other platforms as an alternative, for example. There are a lot of potential options here, and until we get definitive confirmation of what the future holds, it's all speculation and reports for now.
Do you think Call of Duty will eventually become an Xbox exclusive? Let us know in the comments.