Microsoft explicitly confirms it will keep Activision Blizzard games on PlayStation, bring...

Daniel Sims

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In context: Earlier this week, Microsoft published a declaration of commitment to openness and fairness on its platforms, in which it suggested it wouldn’t exclude Call of Duty games from the PlayStation platform. The president of Microsoft has since laid this out in language that, while less ambiguous, still leaves some unanswered questions.

In an interview with CNBC, Microsoft president Brad Smith talked about plans for a new "universal app store." He also explained its commitment to app fairness and said Microsoft wants to keep Activision Blizzard properties multiplatform.

Shortly after Microsoft bought out Activision Blizzard, it said it would honor existing release contracts for games already in development on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. Smith’s blog post this week reiterated that promise as part of an attempt to put off government regulators’ fears. He also suggested the new subsidiary would continue to make multiplatform games beyond those contracts.

Smith has now flat-out stated that Microsoft wants Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard games to continue coming to PlayStation and plans to extend the CoD franchise to the Nintendo Switch. He compares these games with Minecraft, which Microsoft has continued to support on PlayStation, Nintendo, and Apple platforms years after buying it.

Even though the latest main Call of Duty games appear beyond the Switch's hardware capabilities, Bethesda successfully shipped Switch ports of Wolfenstein II and the Doom games. Additionally, Microsoft-owned Bethesda remastered the original Quake for PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch. Other ports like Skyrim and Wolfenstein II show that a Call of Duty demake is doable on Switch.

Finally, Smith also talked about a new kind of “universal app store” that would let users access apps across multiple devices. It’s unclear how this might differ from Microsoft’s current system, where the purchase of some games gives customers access to both Xbox and PC versions.

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m4a4

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I like how this sounds. As a gamer, I hope they do and can go forward with this.

But first, lets finally get a cross-platform voice chat app working lol
 

psycros

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"He compares these games with Minecraft, which Microsoft has continued to support on PlayStation, Nintendo, and Apple platforms years after buying it."

LOL, and by "supported" they mean "ruined".

I like how this sounds. As a gamer, I hope they do and can go forward with this.

But first, lets finally get a cross-platform voice chat app working lol
Last I checked Discord is on PS4/5 and mostly works in Edge on Xbox.
 

m4a4

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Last I checked Discord is on PS4/5 and mostly works in Edge on Xbox.
And last I looked into it (last year), there still wasn't any way to use it properly cross-platform.

And using the app on your phone (or doing it through a PC) doesn't count. We need a no-hassle solution.
 

Lounds

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Porting CoD to the switch will be like the Black ops game that came to the PS Vita.

I think the likely outcome is the Call of Duty mobile app will get converted to run on the Switch.
 

Dimitriid

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*points* "I don't believe you"

Seriously this could be as easily as just literally changing the name of the name of the franchise partially: "Call of Duty will come out to Playstation and Switch....as a Battle Arena with tons of gacha mechanics and 2010 graphics. Also coming soon exclusively on xbox a brand new franchise by Activision Studios: Duty & Warfare: a huge, single player + co-op + multi player experience in full ray tracing beauty!"

Done: solved your problem after the Activision purchase gets approved and they get to do what they intend here which should be clear: It's to weaponize their ecosystem exclusivity.

EDIT: Changing the title as I focus group it in my head, yes I'm weird like that sometimes.
 

dangh

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Oh, they want to support it on PlayStation because they want to use those games as a leverage to put their game store and preferably gp on PlayStation as well. They want to make money on all gaming related transactions. Usee way too much to monopoly and yeah, app store model does make them drolling.
 

emmzo

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There's only one constant in their acquisitions: everything that M$ is touching turns to sh1t. To be fair, Blizzard started to go south a while ago and Activision is known for taking shady decisions. Now multiply that by ten...
 

Rig

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They're going to probably take a more sly angle with this. Not sure what it'll be, probably easier cloud sign in or simply better game stability on Xbox but you can be sure in three years CoD will be just slightly worse on PS. Not enough for regulatory enforcement but enough so that everyone knows.