Well, Microsoft seems to be on it today with its responses to concerns over the Activision Blizzard deal! Xbox boss Phil Spencer just put out a lengthy response to matters, discussing multiple elements of the merger, and now Microsoft president Brad Smith has made his own statement on things.
Smith's response, provided to The Verge, focuses more on Call of Duty; specifically towards Sony's recent comments about Call of Duty being an untouchable IP. Here's what Smith had to say about Sony's concerns:
"We’re ready to work with the CMA on next steps and address any of its concerns. Sony, as the industry leader, says it is worried about Call of Duty, but we’ve said we are committed to making the same game available on the same day on both Xbox and PlayStation. We want people to have more access to games, not less."
Phil himself made a similar comment in his today's open letter, reinforcing that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation in a broadly similar fashion as before the deal.
"As we’ve said before, we are committed to making the same version of Call of Duty available on PlayStation on the same day the game launches elsewhere."
However, Xbox is continuing to avoid naming any other series that might have followed the same path. Basically, it looks like Microsoft's intention is to treat Call of Duty as its own case, while certain other Activision series' might potentially move over to the Xbox ecosystem exclusively, including on Game Pass, PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Here's another comment from Phil on the future of ActiBlizz games:
"In addition, we hope that players will be eager to play traditional console games from Activision Blizzard on other platforms via our cloud game streaming technology."
So, for now, expect Call of Duty to remain multiplatform for the foreseeable future, and the rest of Activision Blizzard's portfolio to possibly become Xbox exclusive... albeit fairly slowly.
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