Call of Duty is set to become an Xbox exclusive in THREE years, Sony says

SONY is desperate to block a $69 billion (£60 billion) deal to buy Xbox publisher Activision Blizzard, owners of the Call of Duty series.

Despite fears the huge purchase will give Xbox an unfair share of the games market, many countries have allowed the deal to go ahead.

The latest Call of Duty game will be released later this year.


The latest Call of Duty game will be released later this year.Photo credit: Activision Blizzard

The UK courts are now reviewing the deal and Sony has made the claim that Xbox intends to make Call of Duty exclusive to its console after just three years.

Xbox has previously said it has no intention of making Call of Duty a game exclusive and will continue to sell the games cross-platform.

The company even hit back at PlayStation, accusing the company of offering studios money to ban their games on Xbox Game Pass.

Activision Blizzard currently has a contract with PlayStation for the next three years.

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That means Call of Duty will be released on PlayStation for at least three years, with those players getting games like Modern Warfare 2 days ahead of Xbox owners.

As reported by the financial timesMicrosoft President Brad Smith has also said that the company has no intention of selling Call of Duty on fewer platforms.

He says: “Sony, as an industry leader, says it’s concerned about Call of Duty, but we’ve said we’re committed to making the same game available on both Xbox and PlayStation on the same day.

“We want people to have more access to games, not less.”

However, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) president Jim Ryan claims Xbox will only keep that promise until the end of the three-year deal.

Ryan said in court: “I had no intention of commenting on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to clarify the matter because Phil Spencer (CEO of Microsoft Gaming) brought this to the public forum.

“Microsoft has only offered Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the end of the current agreement between Activision and Sony.”

He went on to describe Xbox’s plans as “inadequate in many ways and failed to consider the impact on our players.”

He added, “We want to continue to guarantee PlayStation players the highest quality Call of Duty experiences, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines that principle.”

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As this is the largest single deal the gaming industry has ever seen, it must be approved in courts around the world before it can move forward.

Getting UK approval will be another step forward for the deal.

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