Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 may be missing out on a day one Xbox Game Pass launch this year, but it isn't stopping Microsoft from including the title as a highlight in its fiscal year results. Yep, company CEO Satya Nadella is already shouting from the rooftops about CoD being part of one of its "strongest" games lineups ever.
During a recent earnings call, we learnt that gaming revenue at the Xbox owner is up 9% year-on-year, and the team is keen to brag about some of its biggest games this year. While addressing investors, Nadella namedropped Forza Motorsport and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as strong Xbox first party titles.
"And, with Activision Blizzard King, we will now add significant depth to our content portfolio.
We will have 13 billion dollar-plus franchises – from Candy Crush, Diablo, and Halo, to Warcraft, Elder Scrolls, and Gears of War.
And we are looking forward to one of our strongest first party holiday lineups ever, including new titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Forza Motorsport."
This may well be the first time Xbox has referred to CoD as a 'first party' franchise, and to be honest, it's still surreal just thinking about it! Unfortunately, MW3's November release misses out on an Xbox Game Pass launch, but future entries are almost certain to enter the library on day one.
Elsewhere, the Microsoft CEO seems pleased with how Bethesda's Starfield has resonated with fans so far. Nadella informed us all that the new BGS IP led to "a record for the most Game Pass subscriptions added on a single day ever." Impressive stuff!