Activision plans to release at least the next three Call of Duty games on both Sony and Microsoft consoles, Bloomberg reports. The new report should be a sigh of relief for fans who were worried that Microsoft would immediately make new ones Call of Duty Xbox-exclusive game if its blockbuster acquisition of Activision goes through.
According to BloombergActivision had already committed to bringing “the next couple” Call of Duty titles for PlayStation sometime before Microsoft’s acquisition was announced. Last week, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said he told Sony that Microsoft wants to “keep Call of Duty on PlayStation ”and that the company intends to honor existing agreements so that it appears that Activision’s engagement with Sony will remain in place. The coming Call of Duty games coming to PlayStation will apparently include a new one Modern warfare games from Infinity Ward this year, the next Call of Duty games from Treyarch and a “planned iteration” of the free-to-play Battle Royale shooter Call of Duty: Warzone.
But we are still a long way from Activision officially becoming a Microsoft-owned studio, which means fate for Call of Duty the series is not set in stone yet. The acquisition is not expected to close until sometime in Microsoft’s fiscal year 2023, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2023.
If the acquisition goes through, we still do not know if Microsoft plans to do so Call of Duty The Xbox series’ exclusive long-term – and previous acquisitions show that the company is willing to take different approaches with its franchise. While Microsoft will only release Bethesda’s Starfield on Xbox and PC, Minecraft remains available on many platforms.
Activision, Microsoft, and Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.