There's been a lot of back and forth recently between Xbox and PlayStation over the future of Call of Duty. Microsoft feels that it's laid out a generous plan for the next few years of CoD if the Activision deal goes through, while Sony doesn't feel the same way. Now, EA has had something to say on the matter; they believe the Battlefield series could benefit from all of this.
Speaking on a video conference last week (via journalist Stephen Totilo), EA CEO Andrew Wilson spoke about the future of its own FPS series, Battlefield. In short, Wilson thinks Battlefield could stand to benefit from Call of Duty going exclusive:
"And in a world where there are questions as to the future of Call of Duty and what platforms that might be on and might not be on, being platform-agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield I think is a tremendous opportunity."
EA does have a point! Battlefield would be one of the biggest FPS franchises on PlayStation if Call of Duty ended up Xbox exclusive, although Microsoft has told Sony there's no reason to be worried about the prospect of exclusivity.
Even if it did happen, Battlefield would still need to make significant strides itself to match up to CoD as well. Developer DICE has struggled to add content to Battlefield 2042 since the game's rough 2021 launch, although the future of the franchise looks markedly different as Respawn founder Vince Zampella takes control of Battlefield.
Could Battlefield make up for CoD on PlayStation one day? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Still don't understand people thinking that COD will go exclusive. Like it has been said plenty of times before, it makes zero financial sense and more so for the outlay that Microsoft have splashed.
In regards to EA and Battlefield, Andy boy should stop making Shi*t decisions that ruin these franchises in the first place.
With access to Xbox infrastructure via the cloud on a phone, PC, or directly on a T.V., I imagine Playstation only players will be able to reasonably find a way to play COD without owning a console. I think it will be a console exclusive in a few years. Can't let the investment into the cloud be for nothing.
Battlefield is no way a competitor for CoD now. They killed Deathmatch in 2042 and they have nothing like Warzone
@Kohaku a lot can change in 5 years. It is an opportunity to tackle a market that may be eventually left without Cod.
@BRT15 it's not necessarily about financial sense, it's about dominating a market. Why does any company care about exclusives at all then?
Surely you understand that if by next generation Cod is an Xbox exclusive, that's a massive blow in early console adoption right? That means more people coming into an ecosystem and spending all their cash on Xbox instead of PS Store.
If it makes so much financial sense to not make it exclusive why is the deal under scrutiny by multiple legislators from across the world, hundred or thousands of well-paid people looking into the impacts of MS doing just that?
Forget Battlefield, forget CoD... just give us a kick ass team shooter in the Titanfall/Apex Legends universe.
Well......first they have to make a great Battlefield multiplayer experience.
Something EA have not done since Battlefield 4.
@Carck "Why does any company care about exclusives at all then?"
XBox could gain a lot platform-wise by making CoD exclusive, but at the expense of CoD's own value as a brand.
But they still can gain significant ground just by making it available in Game Pass, feature complete, day one, at no cost to the CoD brand value.
As to why is the deal under such intense scrutiny: thanks to Brazil we know Sony has been fighting the deal on that allows members of the industry to make their voice heard on such deals, we also know that it is only Sony and absolutely everyone else is perfectly fine with things going forward.
And honestly, Sony simply wants to both, keep the game off Game Pass, keep features and modes PS exclusive for a year, and keep the exclusive marketing rights. (They said all of this in the Brazil report.)
The only obstacle to success that Battlefield has is EA.
Smart move EA. Start making moves like this, get Sony to stump up a nice big fat sum of cash for exclusive timed content and away you go. Smart.
@BRT15 ...little we know about business but lets see what we think we know:
microsoft paid 68billion to buy ABK
COD make around 500 million yearly on PS
Microsoft paid soo much and they have 2 options as we can think of as small poeple behind keyboards:
1_ keep the game on PS and get that sure money
2_ make it exclusive and burn PS money but sell more consoles and get more subs on GP and new players that will spend money in COD SHOP and out of COD in xbox store and get that 25% cut on anything they spend...will MS make more money making it exlusive? i dont know...
little we know about huge companies and there priorities is cloud gaming is their eyes is the future and they will do anything to control the cloud market while the market is so open...i dont know....
poeple calculate it like 1.5 billion profit by COD 500m from sony so its 1500-500=1000b.....no its far more complicated than that only microsoft knows what their real plan is
@Gamingforlife right now I think the main reason for XBox to not to remove the game from PlayStation is that it would simply open the doors for a replacement title (not necessarily Battlefield, it might be something brand new from out of nowhere, like PUBG came out of nowhere.)
If CoD leaves PlayStation, it will simply leave a hole that will sooner or later be filled up. Its similar to Minecraft, these are games that can easily be replaced, so its best to keep them everywhere and hold the popularity fort.
Make a good Battlefield first and then come back and discuss this topic
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