After Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of Activision-Blizzard last month, many gamers and Sony themselves were uncertain of Call of Duty’s future on PlayStation consoles. People close to the details of the acquisition shared that Microsoft was planning on honoring the contracts with Sony for Call of Duty, which would have encompassed the next three titles.
However, in a blogpost today Microsoft confirmed that they will continue to support PlayStation platfroms with Call of Duty, and even working to see how they can bring Activision-Blizzard franchies to Nintendo platforms. Microsoft wrote:
“To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision. And we have committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. We are also interested in taking similar steps to support Nintendo’s successful platform. We believe this is the right thing for the industry, for gamers and for our business.”
These statements were mixed in the middle of a larger message about how Microsoft is updating their Open App Store Principles to get ahead of emerging legislation. This includes more transparency, more freedom for developers, equal footing for all app developers in their stores, and more.