Call of Duty will be Xbox exclusive, Sony says, but Microsoft is fighting back

MICROSOFT has hit back at Sony after the Japanese company tried to block Xbox’s acquisition of Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard.

Sony, along with other publishers such as Bandai Namco and Ubisoft, have tried to block Microsoft’s purchase of the company amid alleged fears it would create a monopoly.

Xbox hopes to acquire the Call of Duty series.


Xbox hopes to acquire the Call of Duty series.

PlayStation owners claimed Xbox’s purchase of Activision Blizzard was an anti-competitive issue.

Sony claimed Call of Duty was: “an essential game, a blockbuster, an AAA game that has no rival”.

This despite Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer confirming that the FPS shooter would remain on PlayStation consoles.

Even if Spencer goes back on his promise, Activision Blizzard is contractually bound to release the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation.

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This includes the upcoming Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

In fact, PlayStation users have the advantage for the upcoming game.

Those who pre-order on PlayStation consoles can access the online beta up to seven days longer than players on other platforms.

According to a report by VGCMicrosoft has now filed its own statement in the courts, claiming that Sony is paying developers not to release games on Xbox Game Pass.

The statement reads: “Considering that exclusivity strategies have been at the core of Sony’s strategy to increase its presence in the gaming industry.

“Sony is a leader in digital game distribution, Sony’s concerns about potential exclusivity of Activision content are incoherent to say the least.

“Indeed, Microsoft’s ability to continue to grow Game Pass has been hampered by Sony’s desire to prevent such growth.

“Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.”

This doesn’t suggest that Microsoft has changed tactics and will make future Call of Duty titles Xbox and PC exclusive, but it does claim that Sony is being hypocritical in its own statement.

Sony recently released an Xbox Game Pass competitor under the PlayStation Plus brand, offering a three-tier subscription model.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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