PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has today issued a quite scathing response to Xbox's Phil Spencer via GamesIndustry.biz, telling the outlet that Microsoft's offer to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation was "inadequate on many levels".
Ryan has confirmed that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony has completed, but he says that's not good enough, and that it undermines a key principle at Sony:
"Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers.
We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle."
Before this quote, Ryan noted that he didn't want to discuss the terms of the deal as he understood it to be a "private business discussion, but said he "[felt] the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum". Ouch!
If you're wondering, the PlayStation CEO was referring to a comment Xbox boss Phil Spencer made last week, where he enthused that Microsoft's Call of Duty deal with PlayStation "goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements."
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