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Call of Duty Will Stay on PlayStation, Despite Microsoft’s Activision-Blizzard Acquisition

According to Bloomberg, Activision aims to distribute at least the next three Call of Duty games on both Sony and Microsoft systems. The recent claim should come as a relief to fans who were anxious that if Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of Activision goes through, new Call of Duty games might be made Xbox exclusive right away.

Activision has already committed to bringing “the next several” Call of Duty games to PlayStation before Microsoft’s takeover was disclosed, according to Bloomberg. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said last week that he assured Sony that the business wants to “maintain Call of Duty on PlayStation” and that it plans to fulfill current agreements, thus Activision’s commitment to Sony appears to be intact.

This year’s Call of Duty titles for PlayStation are expected to include a new Modern Warfare game from Infinity Ward, the next Call of Duty game from Treyarch, and a “planned new edition” of Call of Duty: Warzone, a free-to-play battle royale shooter.

However, we’re still a long way from Activision being a Microsoft-owned firm, so the future of the Call of Duty franchise is still up in the air. The deal isn’t scheduled to finalize until the start of Microsoft’s fiscal year in 2023, which starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th.

We still don’t know if Microsoft aims to make the Call of Duty series an Xbox exclusive in the long run if the deal goes through, and prior purchases show that the corporation is prepared to try new things with its properties. While Bethesda’s Starfield will only be accessible on Xbox and PC, Minecraft is still available on a variety of platforms.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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