The Activision Blizzard news is back in force today, as Microsoft has issued a brand-new statement clarifying plans for ActiBlizz games on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch, confirming the intent to keep supporting those platforms.
Microsoft President and Vice-Chair Brad Smith had the following to say on the MS website earlier today:
Here's the statement in full:
"First, some commentators have asked whether we will continue to make popular content like Activision’s Call of Duty available on competing platforms like Sony’s PlayStation. The obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title available exclusively on the Xbox console, undermining opportunities for Sony PlayStation users.
To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision. And we have committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. We are also interested in taking similar steps to support Nintendo’s successful platform. We believe this is the right thing for the industry, for gamers and for our business."
This statement follows on from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer's comments about Call of Duty recently, where he confirmed plans to keep the franchise on PlayStation beyond any "existing agreements".
So there you go! It sounds like Microsoft is planning to keep many Activision Blizzard franchises multiplatform for the foreseeable future — although of course we'll be getting them at no extra charge with Xbox Game Pass before long.
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