MICROSOFT is set to buy Call of Duty publisher Activision, and PlayStation gamers are worried that the series could be a platform exclusive.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer announced $68.7 billion deal is imminent this week, which will see franchises like Duty, Overwatch, and Crash Bandicoot all be owned by Microsoft.
Considering that future Bethesda titles will be Xbox exclusives after the acquisition by ZeniMax Media, PS5 players have reason to worry.
The upcoming Starfield has been confirmed as an Xbox exclusive, and it’s likely future installments of the Elder Scrolls series will be as well.
Industry analyst Michael Pachter said Sony won’t knock it down.
He told The Sun: “While I think Microsoft has 100 per cent desire to make all Activision games Xbox exclusives, I think Sony will appeal to both the Federal Trade Commission and EU Competition Commission.
“[I] It is expected that the deal will only be approved if Microsoft agrees to publish the titles that were once made available on Xbox and PlayStation on both consoles for some time in the future. “
Pachter says that if that’s the case, brand new games like Starfield will only be released on Xbox.
But series like Overwatch, Elder Scrolls and Call of Duty that were once cross-platform will have to stay that way.
“I put a 90% chance it’s a condition of being approved,” he added.
Since the deal was announced, Sony’s stock price has plummeted by $20 billion (13%).
The company will have to fend off Microsoft if it doesn’t want to lose access to some of the biggest third-party games both companies have depended on for years.
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