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2022 started with a bang when it was revealed that Microsoft would be buying Activision Blizzard at an incredible $68.7 billion. The news has ignited a plethora of questions and speculations surrounding the state of Activision and its titles, particularly Call of Duty.
Many questions surround Call of Duty, which has thrived as a yearly multiplatform franchise. With Microsoft welcoming the game under its wing, many are wondering if the title will return in the future as an Xbox exclusive. Now, Sony has entered the conversation to directly address the situation stemming from the Xbox-Activision acquisition. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, A Sony representative stated, “We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform.”
While exclusive Call of Duty content has bounced back and forth between Xbox and PlayStation for years, the PlayStation currently holds the reins. Since the series “pulls in about 55% of the publisher’s profit,” it’s easy to understand why Sony would express concerns. Also, with Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War both labeled as the best-selling titles in 2021, it makes sense that Sony would want to hold onto the series in some form.
The best-selling video games in 2021 in the U.S. were:
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War
Madden NFL 22
Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
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Microsoft Gaming CEO, Phil Spencer, stated: “I’ll just say to players out there who are playing Activision Blizzard games on Sony’s platform: It’s not our intent to pull communities away from that platform, and we remained committed to that.”
With the deal supposedly not finalizing until 2023, there will be plenty of time to guess at the future of Call of Duty as well as other Activision Blizzard titles such as Overwatch, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush.