Will Call of Duty become an Xbox exclusive? Some Microsoft statements tend to suggest that this is not on the agenda.
It’s done, by the summer of 2023, Activision Blizzard King will be owned by Microsoft. The Redmond firm has even created a new company for this, headed by Phil Spencer, simply titled Microsoft Gaming.
As during the acquisition of Bethesda in September 2020, fans of Activision-owned licenses wondered if their favorite games would become Xbox exclusives (and therefore Windows PCs too). Most of the concerns focus mainly on a flagship license, Call of Duty. Can we imagine a world where PS5 players are deprived of call of duty warzone ? What about episodes with single-player campaigns? What happens to OverWatch 2 ?
Reassuring press releases
For now, the most reasonable answer we can give you is that we don’t really know. Just as little over 24 hours ago we had no idea such a gigantic takeover was on the minds of the executives of both companies, we cannot know what strategies they hope to put in place within a year. and a half, when the takeover is finalized.
However, elements allow to bring a beginning of answer on their plans. Starting with the press release from Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s video game gentleman, when the takeover was announced.
Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on many platforms and we plan to continue supporting these communities in the future.
Interviewed by Bloomberg, the same Phil Spencer wanted to reassure the crowds even more: “I would just like to say to gamers who play Activision Blizzard games on Sony’s platform that we have no plans to remove Communities from this platform and we have remained committed to it. »
Game Pass for everyone
Rather than an exclusivity, it already seems quite clear that Activision Blizzard games will be brought to join the Game Pass.
As soon as the deal is signed, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as possible in Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, whether new titles or games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog.
In Microsoft’s statement regarding the takeover, Phil Spencer, again, said: “Together, we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere. » Here again, the allusion to the Game Pass is clear. But a perhaps somewhat broader philosophy of “play wherever you want” shines through, and could suggest that exclusives are not a priority.
Another clue to take into account: the takeover of Bethesda also tells us about the future of Activision Blizzard licenses. If online games like Elder Scrolls Online Where Fallout 76continued their way on PS5, the next Starfieldand Elder Scrolls VI, single-player games, are expected to release as Xbox exclusives. The next solo games from Activision Blizzard should therefore logically follow the same path.
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