Xbox Wants To Treat Call Of Duty Like Minecraft, Explains Phil Spencer

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has once again been discussing the topic of Call of Duty during his recent interview at WSJ Tech Live 2022, explaining that Microsoft's plan for the franchise is to effectively treat it the same way as Minecraft.

In the discussion, Spencer stated he'd love to see Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch, and re-confirmed the series will still be available on PlayStation. Here's exactly what he had to say (thanks to Tom Warren for the transcription):

"Call of Duty specifically will be available on PlayStation. I'd love to see it on the Switch, I'd love to see the game playable on many different screens. Our intent is to treat CoD like Minecraft..."

For those unaware, Microsoft acquired the Minecraft creator "Mojang" back in 2014, and has since continued to make the franchise available on other platforms, although obviously Minecraft games are also included on Xbox Game Pass. The upcoming Minecraft Legends will continue this trend, also releasing for PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.

Sony has been very public with its concerns surrounding Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard and specifically the Call of Duty IP lately, while Microsoft has been critical of Sony's "self-serving statements" in relation to the franchise.

Back to today's interview, Phil Spencer once again explained that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard has a lot to do with the ability to tap into the mobile market, having previously called it a "critical" part of the deal:

"This opportunity is really about mobile for us. When you think about 3 billion people playing video games, there's only about 200 million households on console."

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