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“Call of Duty Will Remain on PlayStation,” Says Xbox Regarding Activision’s Acquisition

The reassurance comes ahead of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft

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Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED STATES: Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox and CEO of Microsoft Gaming, said that the highly successful military action-inspired franchise, Call of Duty, will remain on PlayStation “as long as there is a PlayStation out there to ship to.” 

The Xbox chief made it clear that Microsoft had no plans to take Call of Duty

The Xbox chief made the comments in a recent podcast on Same Brain, a YouTube channel. Spencer made it clear that Microsoft had no plans to take Call of Duty away from PlayStation. He brought up the case of Minecraft, a game that Microsoft had bought in 2014. He went on to say that Microsoft’s plans for the game will be similar to what they did with Minecraft.

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Minecraft is a creative building game, for which Microsoft has expanded the platforms on which the game is available. Gamers can now play Minecraft on their PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and mobile phones. 

Microsoft began the acquisition of Activision Blizzard back in January. Sony was initially concerned that Microsoft would make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive. Last month, Microsoft assured the gaming community that Call of Duty would still be available on PlayStation. Jim Ryan, the CEO of Sony, responded to Spencer’s statement by saying that it was “inadequate on so many levels.” 

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A deadline of March 1st, 2023 has been set for the final decision on the acquisition. As of now, the review of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is still ongoing. Saudi Arabia and Brazil are reported to have approved the acquisition. 

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took note of Sony’s concerns and is yet to decide on the acquisition. They feel that Microsoft’s purchase of the “powerful catalog” would unfairly benefit them. Microsoft responded to the reservations by saying that the CMA adopted complaints from Sony without a proper review.

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