With Microsoft’s impending purchase of Activision Blizzard announced last week, little has been said about what currently planned multiplatform games like Diablo or the immensely popular Call of Duty will see the light of day on non-Xbox consoles in the future. Now might be the time to breathe a sigh of relief for fans of the hit shooter franchise who own PlayStation hardware. According to a report by Bloomberg‘s Jason Schreier, PlayStation will still be a place to play at least three other Call of Duty titles.
Schreier spoke to a handful of unnamed sources familiar with the Activision-Sony deals prior to announcing the historic purchase. The three titles are set to be this year’s Infinity Ward-developed Modern Warfare sequel, along with a Treyarch-driven game that we suspect is planned for next year. Third place is taken by an update of the successful battle royale mode Warzone, which after its release in 2020 is a separate entity in the Call of Duty franchise.
This is in line with Microsoft’s actions following its Bethesda purchase to sift through existing stores to release games on competing platforms as originally intended. Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, for example, see those deals expiring as planned. That seems to be the case with Call of Duty, although plans for Blizzard titles like Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV, which were thought to have multiplatform support, are still very unknown. Last week we reported on a tweet from Xbox CEO Phil Spencer where he spoke on exactly the same subject, saying, “Had some good conversations with executives at Sony this week. I have confirmed our intention to honor all existing agreements following the Activision acquisition of Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry and we value our relationship.”
As Spencer says, Microsoft intends to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation as Activision has already promised. Everything after that, it seems, is still up in the air. However, the confirmed Xbox exclusivity of Bethesda games like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI is likely an accurate barometer of things to come for the popular Activision Blizzard franchises once those pending deals are fulfilled.
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